In a whirlwind five minutes, three Penn State players were selected three picks in a row as the NFL Draft’s seventh round hit its final stages. All told, defensive end Shaka Toney and offensive linemen Michal Menet and Will Fries were selected by their respective teams in the multi-pick run of Nittany Lions.
Toney was the first off the board during Saturday’s frenzy, going No. 246 to the Washington Football Team while Menet went No. 247 to the Arizona Cardinals and Fries went No. 248 to the Indianapolis Colts.
Toney will join former Nittany Lion teammate Troy Apke in Washington. Fries will join Robert Windsor in Indianapolis and Menet will now be teammates with Shareef Miller who recently joined the Cardinals. Menet, also a longtime center at Penn State, will follow not far behind another former Penn State center and longtime Cardinal AQ Shipley.
The trio make for six Penn State players to hear their names called this weekend, joining Micah Parsons (No. 12 Dallas), Odafe Jayson Oweh (No. 31 Baltimore) and Pat Freiermuth (No. 55 Pittsburgh). All three of Saturday’s picks were expected to go anywhere from the fifth round all the way to undrafted, making the three seventh round selections more or less as expected results.
In his four year career at Penn State, Toney made the most impact his final two seasons, recording a total of 71 tackles and 12 sacks. Menet and Fries for their part were both longtime anchors along Penn State’s offensive front, accumulating a long run of starts throughout the course of their career.