Devon Still's teammates followed him this past fall, when the big defensive tackle was named a team captain on his way to earning conference defensive-player-of-the-year honors.
Will Devon Still go in tonight's first round?
The question is, how many of them will follow him into the NFL?
Still is the only former Nittany Lion likely to be selected in tonight's first round of the NFL Draft. The 6-foot-5, 303-pounder from Wilmington, Del., is one of more than two dozen players who will be in Radio City Music Hall, but that doesn't guarantee he'll be off the board before the draft moves to its second and third rounds Friday. Several other Lions hope to hear their names called sometime before the draft ends Saturday, or that they will be able to sign free-agent contracts.
Here's a quick look some of the Nittany Lions who could be selected in the draft.
Devon Still, DT -- Had a monster senior season that included 17 tackles for loss. Big, powerful and agile, Still should be able to play right away, most likely at the three technique in a 4-3 but possibly as an end in a 3-4 scheme. Only question is whether he'll go first round or second.
D'Anton Lynn, CB -- The son of an NFL coach is technically sound and has the frame to play corner or safety. Not a highlight-reel player, and his draft stock could have been hampered by the calf injury that limited him this winter.
Jack Crawford, DE -- An impressive physical specimen who battled injuries and never quite lived up to lofty expectations at Penn State. Still, at 6-5, 275 pounds, some time will likely take a chance on the athletic Brit in the middle rounds.
Derek Moye, WR -- Penn State's leading pass-catcher for both of the last two seasons, the 6-foot-5 Moye runs clean routes and has good body control. He has sufficient speed but will need to prove he can get off the line against physical corners. Could be a late-round pick but could also go free-agent route.
Chaz Powell, CB -- A terrific athlete who bounced from position to position during his college career. Powell ran a so-so 4.53 forty at the combine. His skills as a special teams player could help him land a roster spot if he doesn't get chosen in the later rounds.
Johnnie Troutman, OG -- Disciplinary issues and some trouble controlling his weight put him in Joe Paterno's doghouse early in his career, but he rebounded to have a solid senior campaign. Strong and powerful, Troutman must prove to teams that his focus and footwork can improve.
Nathan Stupar, LB -- Another good athlete who could play special teams at the next level, Stupar got off blocks and diagnosed plays better later in his career. He had average results (4.78 40, 21 bench press reps) at the combine, though.
Potential free agents
Eric Latimore, DE, Nick Sukay, S, Stephfon Green, RB, Quinn Barham, OT, Chima Okoli, OT, Joe Suhey, FB, Andrew Szczerba TE, Drew Astorino, S, DeOn'tae Pannell, OG
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