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Penn State Football: Jones And Urschel Both Selected In NFL Draft

by on May 10, 2014 3:20 PM

Two more Nittany Lions heard their names called during the NFL draft. Defensive tackle DaQuan Jones was selected in the fourth round on Saturday by the Tennessee Titans and offensive guard John Urschel was selected in the fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens.

Jones and Urschel join fellow Penn Stater Allen Robinson as the only Nittany Lion draftees so far.

Selected No. 112 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, Jones marked the 35th Penn State football student-athlete to be drafted since 2006, including 16 in the first three rounds. Urschel was selected at the No. 175 spot only a round after Jones.

A total of 335 Nittany Lions have been selected all-time in the NFL Draft, including 36 in the first round.

Jones also makes the 11th defensive linemen from Penn State to have been drafted since 2003. That total includes five in the first round. A Nittany Lion defensive lineman has been selected in the first four round five of the past six years.

This past season, Jones led Penn State with 11.5 tackles for loss (minus-42 yards) and was given the team’s Outstanding Senior Player award. A starter in 23 games over the past two seasons, Jones led all Big Ten defensive tackles in stops during the 2013 season.

Urschel was a key fixture on Penn State's offensive line for the past two seasons, earning All-Big Ten honors both years as well as numerous academic accolades off the field.

As the draft continues into the weekend multiple Nittany Lions continue to wait to hear their names called. It's possible that Linebacker Glenn Carson may be the next Penn Stater to be drafted.

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