The NFL Draft gets underway Thursday night in New York City with the first round. The second and third rounds will be held Friday and the draft will wrap up on Saturday with rounds four through seven. How many Penn State players will get to hear their name called, and when might they get that opportunity to have their name chosen by an NFL franchise?
To get a sense of where some Penn State prospects fit in with this year's NFL Draft I invited Eric Galko, Director of Scouting for Optimum Scouting to answer a few draft-related questions. Optimum Scouting is one of the best NFL Draft outlets out there and they have partnered with The Sporting News to provide their experty analysis with a larger audience this year. Optimum Scouting also has a full NFL Draft guide available for an affordable price and it is a great resource if you are looking for some NFL Draft material.
Q: It does not seem as though Penn State has a huge haul of NFL talent for the draft but fans are keeping a close eye on some defensive players. Where do you predict Jordan Hill, Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges will end up going?
A: I’d guess Hodges is the first of the group to get drafted, likely in the 4th round range. Mauti likely falls because of his injury history, but a team picking late in the 5th may feel he’s “worth the risk”, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s the best linebacker in this class if he can recover from his injuries and stay healthy.
Hill’s ability to play on the inside and away from his body should intrigue 4-3 and 3-4 teams, and the 6th round area sounds about right for him.