Penn State saw three of its upperclassmen drafted and a handful of others sign as free agents at the conclusion of the 2015 NFL draft. Offensive tackle Donovan Smith, a second-round pick, led the way and was joined by fifth-rounders Adrian Amos and Jesse James. Deion Barnes, Miles Dieffenbach, Sam Ficken, Mike Hull and C.J. Olaniyan are also getting their shots with rookie tryouts.
Another big area of debate surrounding Penn State’s draft class was early departures as Barnes, James and Smith left eligibility on the table to pursue their NFL dreams. For Smith, the pre-draft circuit proved valuable and made him a winner. But for Barnes and James, the prevailing thought was that another collegiate season might have been beneficial.
Bob Flounders and Dustin Hockensmith talked about each case and took a look into the future of the Nittany Lions’ three draft picks in a segment for the Keystone Sports Network this week. Check out audio from the show in this post and get plenty more podcasts and analysis on KeystoneSportsNetwork.com and by following @KSNSportsNet on Twitter.