Seven Penn State players heading to NFL as undrafted free agents

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Penn State linebacker Linebacker Jason Cabinda has agreed to terms with the Oakland Raiders.

Seven players from Penn State have agreed to contracts with NFL teams as undrafted free agents, according to tweets from the Nittany Lions’ football program and the individual players.

Linebacker Jason Cabinda and wide receiver Saeed Blacknall both agreed to terms with the Oakland Raiders. Defensive tackle Curtis Cothran, who played his high school ball at Council Rock North, was picked up by the Minnesota Vikings.

Other Nittany Lions who agreed to free-agent deals were defensive tackle Parker Cothren with the Pittsburgh Steelers, kicker Tyler Davis with the Buffalo Bills, cornerback Grant Haley with the New York Giants and offensive lineman Brendan Mahon with the Carolina Panthers.

In all, 13 Penn State players were either drafted or picked up by teams as free agents. Running back Saquon Barkley headed the list of draftees, being selected No. 2 overall by the Giants.

Other players drafted were tight end Mike Gesicki in the second round (No. 42 overall) by Miami, safety Troy Apke in the fourth round (No. 109) by Washington, wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton in the fourth round (No. 113) by Denver, safety Marcus Allen in the fifth round (No. 148) by Pittsburgh and cornerback Christian Campbell in the sixth round (No. 182) by Arizona.

‘Nova’s free agents

A pair of Villanova players – linebacker Ed Shockley and defensive back Trey Johnson – agreed to terms as undrafted free agents. Shockley, the Wildcats’ leader last season with 101 tackles, will be going to the Dallas Cowboys while Johnson has been picked up by the Steelers.