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Penn Staters in the NFL draft

Penn State guard John Urschel. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Penn State guard John Urschel. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Allen Robinson

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-2

Weight: 220

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    Outlook: Seldom used as a freshman, Robinson broke out as a sophomore and had two record-setting years in Bill O'Brien's pro-style offense. Athletic, with good size and great ball skills, the 20-year-old from Detroit could be a nice fit for the Eagles or any team in the market for a wide receiver. Robinson is expected to be drafted in the second or third round.

    DaQuan Jones

    Position: Defensive tackle

    Height: 6-4

    Weight: 322

    Outlook: The next in the long line of Nittany Lion defensive linemen coached by former assistant Larry Johnson Sr., Jones is big yet versatile; he could probably fit into a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme. He's expected to be a middle-round pick.

     John Urschel

    Position: Offensive guard

    Height: 6-3

    Weight: 313

    Outlook: Recognized last year by the National Football Foundation as the nation's top scholar-athlete, Urschel is an NFL prospect, too. A starter the last two seasons for O'Brien, Urschel is expected to hear his name called in the mid-to-late rounds.

    Glenn Carson

    Position: Linebacker

    Height: 6-3

    Weight: 244

    Outlook: Although not as touted as the likes of recent Nittany Lions Sean Lee or NaVorro Bowman, starting 3 years at "Linebacker U" is nothing to sneeze at. The product of Southern Regional High in Ocean County, N.J., could go in the late rounds or get a chance as an undrafted free agent.

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    Corey "Philly" Brown

    Position: Wide receiver

    Height: 5-11

    Weight: 178

    College: Ohio State

    Outlook: If you go by nickname alone, the Upper Darby native and Cardinal O'Hara High grad appears to fit right in with the Eagles. Brown started the last three seasons at Ohio State and this past season caught 63 passes for 771 yards with 10 touchdowns. He's not expected to be selected in either of the draft's first 2 days but could hear his name called in one of the later rounds. If not, he'll get a shot somewhere as an undrafted free agent.

    - Jake Kaplan

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