Penn State NFL draft prospects

Allen Robinson

Position: Wide receiver

Draft projection: Second round

Skinny: Robinson, coming out as a junior, set the school single-season record for receptions in consecutive seasons, including 97 for 1,432 yards in 2013. At 6 feet 3 and 220 pounds, Robinson’s size makes him an attractive prospect for teams in search of a bigger target. The only question about his game is speed. He had a poor performance at the NFL combine (4.6 in the 40). He did ease some concerns by running a 4.5 at Penn State’s pro day, where he also performed better in the vertical jump and other agility drills. The speed question is likely to keep him from being taken in the first round, but he is almost a lock to go in Round 2.

Glenn Carson

Position: Linebacker

Draft projection: Free agent

Skinny: Carson was a three-year starter and a highly productive player. He led the Nittany Lions in tackles in 2013 (90), but he will have to shine on special teams to make a 53-man NFL roster.

DaQuan Jones

Position: Defensive line

Draft projection: Third or fourth round

Skinny: Jones was a two-year starter for the Lions and had a strong senior season. He recorded 33 solo tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. He was named first-team All-Big Ten Conference. Jones dropped 20 pounds between his junior and senior seasons, and he will be a more effective player in the NFL if he can continue to show more stamina.

John Urschel

Position: Guard

Draft projection: Seventh round

Skinny: Urschel is 6 feet, 3 inches and 313 pounds. He was a two-year starter at guard for the Lions and won the prestigious Campbell Trophy as Division I’s premier college football scholar-athlete. A highly intelligent player and leader, he served as a team captain under former coach Bill O’Brien. Because of his intelligence, Urschel could project to center in a zone-blocking scheme in the NFL.

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