It will be another NFL Combine full of familiar faces as seven Nittany Lions received invitations. The combine will begin February 26th and run until March 4th in with on-field workouts beginning on March 1st in Indianapolis.
Trace McSorley headlines the group of seven as well as running back Miles Sanders, corner Amani Oruwariye, tackle Ryan Bates, guard Connor McGovern, defensive tackle Kevin Givens, and end Shareef Miller.
NFL.com has offered up brief analysis for each for two of the former Nittany Lions, and this is what they have to say about each NFL hopeful. We'll check back later to see if the site has been updated.
Trace McSorley: "Better than average chance to make an NFL roster"
"Gritty, successful three-year starter who fell victim to a disappointing regression during his senior season. McSorley is a dual-threat quarterback who lacks size and arm talent, but has shown an ability to throw with anticipation to help overcome his average arm strength. While McSorley can handle RPO duties, he seemed to be more comfortable and accurate when sitting down on throws from the pocket. He must regain his accuracy and confidence in order to find a backup job and roster spot."
"I never saw him as a starter, but I had a backup grade on him after the summer. Now I have to decide how to weigh what I saw this year against last year because it was night and day." -- National scout with AFC team per NFL.com
Amani Oruwariye: "Chance to become NFL starter"
"He can be an effective press-man defender, but must win at the line of scrimmage or he could become an early target for quarterbacks as he lacks makeup speed once he's beaten. Oruwariye is a proven disruptor at the catch point and is willing to step up and take on run support duties. When all factors are considered, he'll be considered a scheme fit for zone-heavy teams who covet physicality in press."
"Our national scout is high on him because of his size and length. We don't care as much about speed numbers as long as you can play the big receivers and make plays on the ball, but he has to hit our minimum speed numbers at the Combine." -- Pro personnel director with NFC team per NFL.com
If Penn State was the talk of the combine last year as everyone from Saquon Barkley to Troy Apke impressed, it looks like there will be plenty for everyone to prove next month as the football world focuses on the prospects of the future.