Six Nittany Lions were drafted over the last weekend in April, while eight others were signed as undrafted free agents.
So, which NFL programs decided to take on chance on these former Penn State players?
Here are all the Nittany Lions who will be NFL rookies in 2018, and what team they are representing if they remain signed after training camp.
Saquon Barkley | New York Giants | 1st round, 2nd overall
Giants GM Dave Gettlemen described the selection as one of the easiest that he has ever made.
Currently, Barkley’s jersey is topping the sales charts, just like teammate and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. predicted.
Btw 26 in the big blue jersey WILLL be the number one sellin Jersey in America next year. Takin all bets!!!? @saquon can’t wait Lil brudda— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) April 27, 2018
Mike Gesicki | Miami Dolphins | 2nd round, 42nd overall
Gesicki was the next Nittany Lion off of the board, as Nittany Nation had to wait until day two for the next Penn State player to be taken.
Gesicki enters Miami’s locker room amidst a culture change. Major contributors such as Mike Pouncey, Jarvis Landry, Jay Ajayi and Ndamukong Suh all have new homes in the Dolphins’ effort to rebrand and establish a new team mentality.
Side note, the last tight end to be drafted at No. 42 by an AFC East team was by the Patriots in 2011. That TE happened to be Rob Gronkowski, so Gesicki has some big expectations to match.
Troy Apke | Washington Redskins | 4th round, 109th overall
The former Penn State safety boosted his draft stock during the NFL combine. Once considered a very late day three pick, Apke impressed with his jets that he calls legs, which caught the Redskins’ attention.
DaeSean Hamilton | Denver Broncos | 4th round, 113th overall
Hamilton shined at the Senior Bowl by showing off his route running abilities and creating serious separation when being covered.
Hamilton joins fellow rookie teammate and former SMU wide receiver Cortland Sutton in Denver.
Marcus Allen | Pittsburgh Steelers | 5th round, 149th overall
With the possibility of losing linebacker Ryan Shazier permanently, it will be interesting to project how the Steelers may utilize both Edmunds and Allen on the field, even though they are defensive backs, given their unique combination of size and speed.
Christian Campbell | Arizona Cardinals | 6th round, 182nd overall
The last Penn State player selected on draft weekend was Campbell. The cornerback is headed West, where he gets to play along side one of the best DB’s in the league currently, Patrick Peterson.
Saeed Blacknall, Jason Cabinda | Oakland Raiders | UDFA’s
Cabinda joked on his Instagram story that he and Blacknall were a package deal, as the Raiders signed them both following the draft.
Cabinda has a legitimate shot at seeing the field with the Raiders’ lack of quality depth at the linebacker position.
However, the same cannot be said for Blacknall due to plethora of talent at the starting spots, as well as the amount of experienced backups at WR in Oakland.
Grant Haley | New York Giants | UDFA
The Big Apple added not one, not two, but three rookie Nittany Lions. The 5-foot-9 Haley will dawn a Giants uniform with Barkley, as well as defensive tackle Tyrell Chavis.
Haley has always been a boundary corner, but given his shorter height as a CB, expect New York to ask No. 15 to try out at the slot position on defense.