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Penn State Football: Five Nittany Lions Invited To NFL Combine

by on February 11, 2016 2:30 PM

Five former Nittany Lions have been invited to the NFL Combine held February 23rd-29th in Indianapolis. The complete invitation list was announced on Thursday morning by the league.

As expected, former quarterback Christian Hackenberg will head to the combine along with defensive tackles Austin Johnson, Anthony Zettel, defensive end Carl Nassib and safety Jordan Lucas.

Penn State landed the third most invitations to the combine in the Big Ten this year. The Nittany Lions trailing just Ohio State (14) and Michigan State (7) in the conference while in Indianapolis.

Hackenberg will be perhaps be one of the biggest storylines of the entire event as the junior looks to prove the skills that once made him a future No. 1 overall pick are still well within his reach. Conversely Lucas will have maybe the most to gain by participating after missing the majority of the second half of the 2015 season with injury. Similarly for Nassib who had an outstanding Senior Bowl week alongside Zettel and Johnson.

According to, Johnson is the highest rated Nittany Lions prospect at 5.98 which is just below "instant starter" on the site's scale. Hackenberg and Nassib both rate in at 5.61 while Zettel 5.32 is just above Lucas' 5.23. All of the ratings put Penn State prospects reasonably within reach of "potential NFL starter" status on's rating system.

The combine event schedule is as follows. The NFL Network will carry most of the combine live.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

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» Media interviews for running backs, offensive linemen and special teamers

Thursday, Feb. 25

» Media interviews for quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends

Friday, Feb. 26

» Media interviews for defensive linemen and linebackers
» On-field workouts for running backs, offensive linemen and special teamers

Saturday, Feb. 27

» Media interviews for defensive backs
» On-field workouts for quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends

Sunday, Feb. 28

» On-field workouts for defensive linemen and linebackers

Monday, Feb. 29

» On-field workouts for defensive backs

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