The long wait has ended for Penn State linebacker Dan Connor.
Connor, a Strath Haven High product, was chosen by Carolina in the third round, with the 74th pick overall.
Connor was expected to be chosen in the first two rounds Saturday, but had to wait until Sunday morning to get the call.
He is the all-time leading tackler in Penn State history with 429 tackles, including 125 last season. He led the Nittany Lions in sacks last season with 6.5.
Here is what Connor's agent Drew Rosenhaus told the Daily News' Bernard Fernandez last week, regarding expectations for Connor's draft status:
"Dan is a great football player. I expect him to be a first-round draft choice, and the team that drafts him is going to get not only a heck of a player, but an outstanding person. That's all that matters. We don't get caught up in trying to project which player is going where. It's impossible to do that. We just know there are any number of teams that are very interested in Dan. He played in the Senior Bowl, went to the combine, put up really good numbers at Penn State's Pro Day. If there's anything more that could be asked of him, I don't know what it is. I think he's answered every question."