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Penn State Football: Godwin And Sickels Land NFL Combine Invites

by on February 15, 2017 11:20 AM

Former Nittany Lions Chris Godwin and Garrett Sickels have both been invited to the NFL Combine, the league announced on Wednesday morning.

The two Penn State products were the only anticipated members of the 2016 squad to receive invites after the Nittany Lions had very few postseason departures.

For NFL teams Godwin brings solid route running skills and a strong ability to win 50/50 balls in the air. Sickels is a reliable pass rusher off the edge.

The NFL Combine is slated to take place in Indianapolis from Feb. 28 through March 6 with workouts and evaluations during the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of that span.

Godwin will hit the field on the Saturday of the combine while Sickels and the rest of the defensive linemen are schedule to workout the following day.

This is what NFL.com had to say about both athletes.

Sickels:

STRENGTHS

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  • Led the Big Ten with 43 quarterback pressures. Plays with shoulder turn approaching top of the rush arc. Looks to flip hips around the edge. Uses forward lean to generate momentum around corner and towards the quarterback. Decent athlete in space. Has lateral quickness to slide inside and attack the gap. Active hand fighter. Keeps playing to the whistle and will hustle into tackles down the field. Had one of his best performances of the season against the talented Ohio State offensive line.

WEAKNESSES

  • Lacks explosiveness to strike and disengage quickly. Gets glued to blocks for too long. Easily blocked in run game. Power at point of attack is below average. Lacks sand in his pants to drop anchor and own his grass against drive blockers. Gets pinned and sustained by tight ends. Finds himself on the ground too often. Needs to improve hands and angles to counter lack of play strength. Doesn't have long limbs to torque his way around tackles. Generates little speed-to-power. 

BOTTOM LINE

  • Plays at the same pace throughout the game and finds his way into the backfield with a non-stop forward charge and some rush talent. Sickels' play strength at the point of attack is a big concern and he may be forced into an outside linebacker role in order to keep tackles off of him. Sickels projects as a backup who could eventually find the field in pass rush situations.

 

Godwin (NFL.com only offered a career summary)

The Delaware Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2013 (state-record 18 touchdowns as a senior, 15 career return touchdowns) has helped Penn State make national headlines for the right reasons over the past three years. Rod Christopher Godwin contributed immediately for the Nittany Lions, starting three games (25-321, two TDs). He had a breakout sophomore season, earning third-team All-Big Ten honors with 69 catches for 1,101 yards and five scores. Though some of his receiving numbers were down in an honorable mention all-conference junior year (59-982), Godwin scored a career-high 11 times. He saved the best performances in his career for bowl games, first as a freshman (7-140, TD vs. Boston College in Pinstripe Bowl), then in 2015 (6-133 vs. Georgia in TaxSlayer.com Bowl) and finally in his last college game (9-187, 2 TDs vs. USC in the Rose Bowl).



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