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Update on Penn State’s Draft Stock: As One Nittany Lion Ascends, Another Declines.



Looking for a rising star in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft? Keep an eye on Theo Johnson from Penn State. After an impressive season with the Nittany Lions and a standout performance at the Senior Bowl, Johnson is gaining momentum in NFL draft mocks and projections. ESPN analyst Matt Miller suggests that Johnson could be the third tight end selected in this year’s draft, citing his size and on-field presence as valuable assets for NFL teams.

According to Miller, Johnson’s stock has risen due to his ability to meet the demand for tight ends with size and reliability. Standing at 6-6 and weighing 260 pounds, Johnson was one of Penn State’s most reliable pass-catchers, securing 32 passes and scoring six touchdowns in the 2023 season. His performance, especially in the Peach Bowl and Senior Bowl, has contributed to his upward trajectory in draft evaluations.

On the flip side, Chop Robinson, initially considered a first-rounder by Mel Kiper Jr., is experiencing a stock correction. Recent mocks project Robinson outside the first round, with Miller emphasizing concerns about his size and strength, particularly in the run game. Robinson, listed at 6-3, 254 pounds by Penn State, will have an opportunity to redefine his draft position based on his measurements and performance at the NFL Combine.

As the NFL Combine approaches from Feb. 29 to March 3 in Indianapolis, both Johnson and Robinson have the chance to impact their draft prospects. Penn State’s Pro Day later in March will also be a crucial event leading up to the 2024 NFL Draft scheduled for April 25-27.

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