As expected Penn State defensive end Jayson Oweh was not far behind his Nittany Lion counterpart Micah Parsons, selected No. 31 overall by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the NFL Draft. The selection gives Penn State two first round picks for the first time since 2003. He is Penn State’s third first-round pick since 2018.
Oweh, whose exceptional athleticism and upside makes him one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft, made good on an outstanding Pro Day performance heading into this weekend’s NFL Draft. Generally speaking Oweh had a solid but somewhat unremarkable Penn State career from a statistical perspective, having spent some time in the shadow of future NFL bound prospect Yetur Gross-Matos while in State College.
Nevertheless, given the chance to take over in a starting role he managed 20 solo tackles with 6.5 of those going for a loss in 2020. He did not record a sack in 2020 but had five sacks in 2019. Oweh will join former Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley in Baltimore.
Oweh is the second Nittany Lion to go in the 2021 draft following in the footsteps of linebacker Micah Parsons who was taken No. 12 overall by the Dallas Cowboys.
The duo now awaits the futures of fellow teammate and defensive Shaka Toney and others slated to hear their names called by the conclusion of the draft on Saturday or signed during free agency shortly thereafter.
Parsons was picked No. 12 overall by the Dallas Cowboys earlier on Thursday night. Parsons’ selection came a few days following the retirement of former Nittany Lion and longtime Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee.