NFL Network Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah knows Penn State has had some impressive NFL Combine performances over the years.
Players like Saquon Barkley (29 bench press reps as a running back), Odafe Oweh (4.36 40-yard dash as a DE) and Troy Apke (4.34 40) have turned heads at combines in the past. Penn State’s historical speed and strength sticks out to Jeremiah.
“Penn State guys are gonna run fast because they do it every year at the combine,” Jeremiah told reporters at a conference call Friday afternoon. “I always have to look it up and I apologize for bot having it in front of me, but I always like to give their strength coach (formerly Dwight “Deege Galt III , now Chuck Losey III). “Never met him a day in my life, but he does a heckuva job because these Penn State kids fly at the combine.”
Jeremiah told reporters that he feels Ji’Ayir Brown is his “top safety” in this year’s draft. But Brown wasn’t the only Penn State prospect Jeremiah talked about.
Here’s every Penn State player Jeremiah mentioned, and what he had to say about them.
“Outside corner, rare length, he can work through wide receivers to get to the ball, he can high point it. He’s more play the ball, poke it away, get your hands on the football. Wish he’d finish a little better, catch more of them, but he’s always in a good position. Even when he’s out of phase, his length allows him to close that down.”
“He’s flexed out. He’s able to create some separation, lean into some guys at the top of routes, he can break tackles – not much of a make you miss after the catch.”
“Mitchell Tinsley, who’s got speed, he’s got snap out of the break, he’s a hands catcher, he attacks the ball. Mix in a little stiff arm, he’s got some toughness after the catch. I thought he was a really good player who I didn’t really hear anything about or know anything about until I popped on the tape, but I was pleasantly surprised.”