Penn State football: Tennessee Titans take DT DaQuan Jones in fourth round; Ravens grab John Urschel in fifth

From CDT staff reportsMay 10, 2014 

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Penn State's DaQuan Jones stops Eastern Michigan's quarterback Tyler Benz as he runs with the ball during the Saturday, September 7, 2013 game.

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— Penn State defensive tackle DaQuan Jones was selected Saturday by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the NFL Draft, followed one round later by offensive guard John Urschel, who went to the Baltimore Ravens.

Jones, a senior and first-team all-Big Ten player, followed teammate Allen Robinson. The junior wide receiver was taken in the second round Friday by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jones was the No. 112 selection in the 2014 draft, and became the 11th Nittany Lion defensive lineman chosen since 2003.

While Jones played defensive tackle at Penn State, he could wind up as an end in the Titans new-look 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

Urschel, also an all-Big Ten selection as well as third-team All-American, was the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy, widely viewed as the academic Heisman for college football’s top scholar-athlete, for his multiple math degrees and on-field performance. Urschel joins A.Q. Shipley as former Penn State players on the Ravens’ roster. Shipley, who played center for Penn State, moved to guard with the Ravens last season.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome told Ravens beat reporters that he expects Urschel to play all three interior line spots.

Linebacker Glenn Carson, defensive backs Malcolm Willis, Stephen Obeng-Agyapong, receiver Brandon Felder, tight end Matt Lehman and offensive tackles Adam Gress and Garry Gilliam went undrafted. Gilliam signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks shortly after the draft, he announced on Twitter. Carson inked a free agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

Former Penn State linebacker Khairi Fortt was drafted Saturday by the New Orleans Saints. Fortt transferred to the University of California after Penn State was hit with NCAA sanctions in 2012. Meanwhile, former Penn State and USC running back Silas Redd signed a free agent deal with the Redskins after the draft. Redd also left Penn State following the NCAA sanctions in 2012.

Former State College Spikes outfielder Tyler Gaffney was drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the 28th pick in the sixth round. The Stanford running back played with the Spikes for a summer then returned to Stanford for this past season. He was the first former Spikes player ever selected in the NFL Draft.

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