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Penn State Football: Day Two Of NFL Draft Set To Bring More Action For Nittany Lions

by on May 01, 2015 2:00 PM

Donovan Smith did it all on Thursday night.

The former Nittany Lion walked the carpet into the first round of the NFL Draft, he talked to reporters on the NFL Network, he saw all the sights and sounds.

But he never heard his name called.

For Smith and so many others that's how the first round went and how they expected the first round to go. They're all simply waiting for their turn to walk across the stage and shake hands with various executives only moments after receiving the word that will change the rest of their lives.

Smith might be the only Nittany Lion in Chicago but he's far from the only one waiting patiently, eyes glued to the stage. 

Friday's action will see NFL teams draft the next two rounds of future players. The second round starts promptly at 7 p.m., moving along methodically as all 32 NFL teams make their selections. Smith could hear his name called over that span, and if not then, than perhaps during the third round that could run late into the evening.

Undoubtedly though, Smith will stay up as late as he has to.

Jesse James is another player who could possibly sneak into the draft spotlight on Friday. The former Penn State tight end has worked out with the Pittsburgh Steelers, an organization with two tight ends in their 30s. He too will be happy to go wherever the opportunity takes him.

Last but not least, safety Adrian Amos will be the real wild card of the night. He's projected by some to go as early as the second round and as late as the sixth. Amos' future will likely depend on the draft board and who is available when teams interested in him are scheduled to pick. There seems little doubt among NFL experts that Amos will find a home, it's simply a matter of when or where.

However things pan out on Friday night, Penn State fans ought to be able to say at least one of their own is headed to the NFL. With four rounds scheduled for Saturday there should be even more action to watch on one of the busiest days in sports history. From the NFL draft to NBA and NHL playoff games to the Kentucky Derby and a boxing match for the ages, all these Penn State players want to see is one very simple thing.

Their name, and the word "drafted."

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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