Several Nittany Lions headed to the NFL

UNIVERSITY PARK – It was a big weekend for Penn State football.

Several Nittany Lions are moving on to the NFL.

Penn State had six players selected in the NFL Draft over the weekend, marking the team’s most productive in eight years. Saquon Barkley – who was selected at No. 2 by the New York Giants – was the highest pick since 2000. Three defensive backs were selected for just the second time in school history.

After the draft concluded, seven players joined teams as free agents. Two Lions are headed to the Oakland Raiders and another will join Barkley with the Giants.

Here’s the complete list of Penn State players and where they’re headed:


Saquon Barkley (RB) – Round 1, No. 2 overall, New York Giants

Mike Gesicki (TE) – Round 2, No. 42 overall, Miami Dolphins

Troy Apke (S) – Round 4, No. 109 overall, Washington Redskins

DaeSean Hamilton (WR) – Round 4, No. 113 overall, Denver Broncos

Marcus Allen (S) – Round 5, No. 148 overall, Pittsburgh Steelers

Christian Campbell (CB) – Round 6, No. 182 overall, Arizona Cardinals


Jason Cabinda (LB) and Saeed Blacknall (WR) – Oakland Raiders

Grant Haley (CB) – New York Giants

Curtis Cothran (DT) – Minnesota Vikings

Parker Cothren (DT) – Pittsburgh Steelers

Brendan Mahon (OL) – Carolina Panthers

Tyler Davis (K) – Buffalo Bills


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