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Penn State Football: Five Former Nittany Lions Sign Undrafted Free Agent Deals

by on May 10, 2019 1:43 PM

Five former Nittany Lions have signed undrafted free agent contracts and one has earned a rookie mini-camp invitation.

In addition to the six players selected during the 2019 NFL Draft, a total of 12 Nittany Lions' from Penn State's 2018 team now face NFL opportunities.

The undrafted free agent signees include offensive lineman Ryan Bates and wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins who both signed deals with the Philadelphia Eagles as the team began rookie mini-camp on Friday.

They join teammates Miles Sanders and Shareef Miller, who were both selected during the draft.

Linebacker Koa Farmer joined the Oakland Raiders and former teammates Jason Cabinda and Saeed Blacknall. Additionally, defensive tackle Kevin Givens signed with the San Francisco 49ers and long snapper Kyle Vasey signed with the Atlanta Falcons.

Finally, running back Johnathan Thomas was invited to the Cincinnati Bengals rookie mini-camp.

The six Penn Staters to hear their names called during the 2019 NFL Draft included running back Sanders, who was the No. 53 overall selection by the Eagles, and offensive lineman Connor McGovern who was the 90th overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys. Defensive end Miller was chosen in the fourth round by Philadelphia, while cornerback Amani Oruwariye was picked in the fifth round by the Detroit Lions. Last but not least, quarterback Trace McSorley was selected in the sixth round by the Baltimore Ravens and safety Nick Scott was a seventh-round pick for the Los Angeles Rams.

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