One of the vital intriguing NFL prospects that Penn State has ever had is on the clock.
We’re not speaking about Micah Parsons, who’s projected as a excessive choose as a game-changing linebacker.
Additionally predicted to go within the first spherical is defensive finish Jayson Oweh. Should you can’t recall what Oweh did to benefit this sort of consideration, you’re not alone.
He didn’t register a single sack final season, when the Nittany Lions stumbled to an 0-5 begin and the perimeters of their protection had been exploited (you’ll recall Ohio State opening the sport with a 62-yard run proper round Oweh).
Oweh was typically invisible and wasn’t even the most effective defensive finish on the group. That was Shaka Toney, who rushed the passer higher and had 20.5 profession sacks to Oweh’s seven.
So why are the NFL eyeballs popping on Oweh?
He’s a bodily specimen who lit up Penn State’s Professional Day with all types of flashy numbers within the 40-yard sprint, the vertical leap and cone drill.
Edge rushers are a high precedence within the NFL, behind quarterback (and this class is stocked with prospects there) and alongside different pillar positions similar to left sort out and cornerback.
The NFL clearly has its testing course of that it’s relied on for many years. However ought to that overshadow on-the-field manufacturing in opposition to high-quality competitors? It’s not a monitor meet.
I want the younger man properly. He appears to be a very good child. Actually, throughout my inevitable Zoom snafu throughout a post-game interview, he politely mentioned, “Mr. Rudel, I can’t hear you. I believe it’s good to unmute.”
NFL brokers typically fill the heads of prospects with inflated hopes. For each first-round choose, three are informed they may go that top.
No matter group takes Oweh is drafting his potential, and regardless of what the umpteen mock drafts say, that normally comes after the primary spherical.
n Apart from Parsons and Oweh, tight finish Pat Freiermuth is anticipated to be chosen early, possible a second-day choose (rounds two-three).
n Parsons’ inventory is quietly dropping resulting from character considerations (he’s alleged to have been concerned in an alleged hazing case filed in early 2020). James Franklin and Brent Pry are planning to attend the draft, which is being held in Cleveland, in assist of Parsons.
n I’m notably keen on the place heart Michal Menet lands as a later-round choose. Getting into his eighth season as Penn State coach, Franklin has recruited only one offensive lineman who has been drafted (Connor McGovern, 2019).
n The most effective a part of the draft is the emotion of gamers realizing lifelong desires and being rewarded with generational wealth. NFL followers could not like Roger Goodell, however his congratulatory hugs will not be standoffish.
n Let’s hope that each one the gamers gathering within the inexperienced room awaiting their destiny go ahead of later and will not be caught alone as their inventory plummets. And if they’re, that they’re rapidly sequestered out of the general public eye.
n Many mock drafts have the Steelers taking Alabama operating again Najee Harris within the first spherical. From this view, with the depth of quarterbacks obtainable, Pittsburgh wants to pick out Ben Roethlisberger’s successor ought to any of the 5 most coveted QBs be on the board. And particularly if Justin Fields falls that far, which is uncertain.
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