UNIVERSITY PARK — Three former Nittany Lions have accepted invitations to the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine.
Receiver Allen Robinson, defensive tackle DaQuan Jones and guard John Urschel will all participate in the annual event which will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis from Feb. 22-25.
All three players, coming off of All-America seasons that saw them help Penn State to a 7-5 record, will be looking to improve their stock with NFL scouts before May’s draft.
Robinson decided to forgo his senior season to try his hand at a pro career after two record-setting seasons. Often using his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame to overpower or outpace opponents, Robinson caught 97 passes for 1,432 yards and added six touchdowns. He’s currently rated by CBSSports.com as the sixth-best receiver available behind Clemson’s Sammy Watkins, Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, USC’s Marquise Lee and Florida State’s Odell Beckham Jr.
Jones was a defensive force all season for Penn State. The 6-foot-4, 323-pound Jones led the Nittany Lions with 11 1/2 tackles for loss, notched three sacks and finished fifth on the squad with 56 tackles. He was named the team’s MVP and is listed by CBSSports.com as the seventh-best defensive tackle available. Jones is behind Notre Dames’ Louis Nix, Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald, Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan, Minnesota’s RaShede Hageman, Notre Dame’s Stephon Tuitt and Arizona State’s Will Sutton.
Urschel capped an impressive career with multiple off-field accomplishments. The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Urschel was a stalwart along the interior for Penn State where he started 24 games at guard in a row the last two seasons. Urschel was the first player to earn the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy, college football’s academic equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. He’s rated as the 13th-best available guard by CBSSports.com.
Meanwhile, all five of Penn State’s early enrolees have been added to the roster albeit without numbers. The team’s latest roster, which was released Friday, shows that eight members of the 2013 recruiting class used redshirts last season including receiver DaeSean Hamilton who missed his true freshman season with a wrist injury. Other scholarship players using redshirts last season were defensive back Kasey Gaines, defensive tackle Parker Cothren, defensive ends Curtis Cothran and Garrett Sickels, guards Tanner Hartman and Brendan Mahon and offensive tackle Andrew Nelson.