Penn State’s two early entries into the 2017 NFL Draft are going to have the opportunity to prove themselves at the league’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis beginning later this month.
Since they had yet to graduate, neither receiver Chris Godwin nor defensive end Garrett Sickels were eligible to play in postseason all-star games last month. So the combine is going to be their best opportunity to showcase their skills to pro scouts.
Despite giving up his senior season of eligibility, Godwin finished fourth on Penn State’s career receiving yardage list with 2,404 yards, seventh with 153 receptions and tied for fourth with 18 career receiving touchdowns.
He received third-team All-Big Ten honors from the media last season and was an honorable-mention pick of the coaches.
We project Godwin was mid-round draft pick.
Last season was Sickels’ most productive as a Lion. He had 47 tackles, 6.0 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. He earned second-team All-B1G honors from the coaches and third-team notice from the media.
We project Sickels as a late-round draft pick or an undrafted free agent.
The Combine takes place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It will mark a return to glory of sorts for the two Nittany Lions, as they helped PSU beat Wiscosin in the Big Ten championship game at the stadium in December.
This marks the first time since 2000 that Penn State has not had a least one senior participate in the NFL Combine. We’re putting together a follow-up on this.
The Nittany Lions’ on-campus Pro Day is slated for March 16.