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May 12, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Three former Nittany Lions were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft over the weekend, marking the 40th time since 1970 that at least three Penn State student-athletes have been picked in a draft.
All-Big Ten standouts Allen Robinson, DaQuan Jones and John Urschel headlined Penn State's weekend during the NFL Draft in New York. Robinson was the first Nittany Lion off the board when the Jacksonville Jaguars picked the Michigan native with the 61st overall pick in Friday's third round. Jones was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the 112th overall pick (fourth round). Urschel was picked by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round (175th overall selection).
With the three draftees in 2014, Penn State's all-time number of student-athletes selected in the draft is 335. Robinson became the second player to be selected by the Jaguars, joining defensive back James Boyd, who went to the Jags in the third round of the 2001 draft.
Jones is the fourth Nittany Lion picked by the Tennessee Titans, joining defensive back Calvin Lowry (2006), cornerback Rich Gardner (2004) and tight end Sean McHugh (2004) on the all-time list. Urschel is the third Penn State player selected by the Ravens. He joins free safety Kim Herring (1997) and quarterback Wally Richardson (1997) as Penn State players picked by the Ravens.
Looking at each position, Robinson is the first Penn State receiver to be selected in the NFL Draft since Deon Butler and Derrick Williams were picked by the Lions in 2009. Four Nittany Lion receivers have been picked in the draft since 2000 (Robinson, Butler, Williams and Bryant Johnson). In total, 17 Penn State receivers have been selected in the NFL Draft.
Jones joined a long list of Penn State defensive linemen in the Nittany Lion draft history. Since 2003, 11 defensive linemen have been drafted, including five in the first round. In five of the past six years, a Nittany Lion defensive lineman has been drafted in the first four rounds. With Urschel's selection, five Penn State offensive linemen have been selected since 2009.
In addition to the three players drafted, the Seattle Seahawks announced the signing of Garry Gilliam to a free agent contract. Look for more free agent signings in the coming days as teams make their official announcements.
Congratulations to Robinson, Jones and Urschel. The OTA offseason workouts begin at the end of May - Jaguars: May 27-29; Titans: May 27-29; Ravens: May 28-30; Seahawks: May 27-29.