Penn State NFL Combine Primer

Get the lowdown on all five Nittany Lions who will be working out for pro scouts in Indy this week.

Five Penn State products will participate in the 2015 NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week.

Here are the particulars for each, so you can track them.

Adrian Amos

Size: 6-0.5, 214 (Senior Bowl)

Number: DB01

Position: SS

Group: 10 (Defensive Backs 1)

Feb. 20: Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews

Feb. 21: Measurements, Medical Exams, Media, Interviews

Feb. 22: NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, Bench Press, Interviews

Feb. 23: On-Field Workout (Timing, Stations, Skill Drills), Departure

Comments: Amos was inconsistent at the Senior Bowl, so his performance in Indy will have a significant bearing on when (or if) he gets drafted. A sub-4.5 40 will be huge, but we're guessing he checks in with something in the low 4.5s.


Sam Ficken

Size: 6-2, 191 (Penn State)

Number: PK04

Position: K

Group: 01 (Kickers, Special Teams)

Feb. 17: Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews

Feb. 18: Measurements, Medical Exams, Media, Interviews

Feb. 19: NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, PK/ST Workout, Bench Press, Interviews

Feb. 20: On-Field Workout (Timing, Stations, Skill Drills), Departure

Comments: Showing improved leg strength, especially on kickoffs, will be important. Obviously consistency is key for all kickers, and we expect Ficken to do just fine there. He'll also shine in the interview process.


Mike Hull

Size: 6-0, 231 (Senior Bowl)

Number: LB17

Position: ILB

Group: 09 (Linebackers)

Feb. 19: Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews

Feb. 20: Measurements, Medical Exams, Media, Interviews

Feb. 21: NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, Bench Press, Interviews

Feb. 22: On-Field Workout (Timing, Stations, Skill Drills), Departure

Comments: Hull did not play in the Senior Bowl while recovering from minor knee surgery (which he had following the season). He did practice well for a couple of days, though. Proving that the knee is stable will be big. He'll always be knocked for his size, and there is nothing he can do about that. But he will excel in strength testing -- expect him to do 30-plus reps on the bench.


Jesse James

Size: 6-7, 271 (Penn State)

Number: TE10

Position: TE

Group: 03 (Tight Ends)

Feb. 17: Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews

Feb. 18: Measurements, Medical Exams, Media, Interviews

Feb. 19: NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, Bench Press, Interviews

Feb. 20: On-Field Workout (Timing, Stations, Skill Drills), Departure

Comments: The main knock on James has been his ineffectual blocking for a tight end of his size. Since there is no in-pads hitting going on in Indy, the best he'll be able to do in that area is show that he's working on his technique and footwork. More consistency catching the ball will help. Testing-wise, expect him to do extremely well. He is strong for someone with such a long frame (he'll approach 30 in the bench) and we're guessing he runs in the high 4.7s/low 4.8s


Donovan Smith

Size: 6-5.75/341 (Senior Bowl)

Number: OL50

Position: OT

Position Group: 02 (Offensive Line)

Feb. 17: Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews

Feb. 18: Measurements, Medical Exams, Media, Interviews

Feb. 19: NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, Bench Press, Interviews

Feb. 20: On-Field Workout (Timing, Stations, Skill Drills), Departure

Comments: If he is in top shape, Smith should help himself more than any other Lion in Indy. Expect him to test among the best O-linemen in the agility drills and, despite having long arms, hold his own in the bench. The key is going to be doing well in the footwork and technique drills.


Left Out

• Despite being invited to the Senior Bowl, early entry DE Deion Barnes was not invited to the Combine. That is not a good sign for his hopes of being drafted, as 32 other ends were invited to show their stuff in Indy. Last year, 23 defensive ends were drafted.

• OG Miles Dieffenbach would have had a better chance to earn a Combine invite if not for the knee injury that knocked him out of the Pinstripe Bowl. But it still would not have been a lock. Only 12 guards and six centers were invited to the event.

• DE C.J. Olaniyan had fewer tackles, tackles for loss and sacks than Barnes last season. So being invited to the Combine was a stretch for him.


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