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NFL Draft Preview: Local Players

West Virginia’s Kevin White will be the first local player off the board, but Pitt’s TJ Clemmings looks like a first-rounder as well. Penn State has several players expected to go in the second and third days of the draft.

Kevin White, WR, WVU (6-3, 215)
Juco transfer who started slow as a junior but had a phenomenal senior season. May pass Alabama’s Amari Cooper as the first receiver off the board. Outstanding leaping ability, excellent body control, large, strong hands. Creates after the catch.

T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pitt (6-5, 310)
Terrific athlete who moved from DE to OT before junior season. Fluid, quick and flexible with excellent footwork and violent strength. Technique is remarkably consistent for his lack of experience, but he still needs more reps before he can deliver on his promise. Will be a bit of a project.

Donovan Smith, OL, Penn State (6-6, 338)
Has all the tools needed to start in the NFL with his massive frame, athleticism and instincts. Technique needs work and there is concern about his work ethic, otherwise he may be projected as a higher pick.

Jesse James, TE, Penn State (6-7, 261)
Good speed, great hands and developed as a blocker over final season. Unspectacular but productive, especially in the red zone. A little raw so he will need time to develop. South Allegheny HS grad.

Mario Alford, WR, West Virignia (5-8, 180)
Elite over the top speed, very good route runner and works hard to get to the football. Great leaper offsets concerns about his height. Can be a difference maker in the return game right away.

Adrian Amos, DB, Penn State (6-0, 215)
Smooth enough in coverage to be a corner but may lack the necessary speed. Versatile enough to play nickel or even free safety.

Deion Barnes, DE, Penn State (6-4, 260)
Great body-type, good quickness and athletic enough to move OLB. Possible pass rushing specialist. Can disappear against the run.

Miles Dieffenbach, G, Penn State (6-3, 300)
Light on his feet, good balance, excellent awareness. Not an overpowering run blocker. Fox Chapel HS grad.

Sam Ficken, K, Penn State (6-1, 190)
Overcame terrible freshman season to become a clutch offensive weapon. Accurate.

Mark Glowinski, OL, WVU (6-4, 305)Penn State Mike Hull
Has the build of a tackle but played guard in WVU’s spread. Needs to improve technique.

Sean Hickey, OL, Syracuse (6-5, 310)
Excellent technique, mobile, at his best in small spaces. Understands pressure. Not overpowering. Franklin Regional HS grad.

Mike Hull, LB, Penn State (6-0, 235)
Takes proper angles, attacks with physicality and takes on blocks well. Lacks ideal size and athleticism may not be enough to play outside. Canon-Mac HS grad.

Shaquille Riddick, DE, WVU (6-6, 240)
Quick off the snap, great motor, tough. Good athlete with ability to beat tackles on the edge. Concerns about strength.

Matt Rotheram, OG, Pitt (6-6, 335)
Tremendous run blocker with great toughness and brute strength. Lacks ideal athleticism.

Icky Banks, CB, WVU
Bill Belton, RB, Penn State
C.J. Brown, QB, Maryland (Seneca Valley HS)
Drew Carswell, WR, IUP (Pitt transfer/Sto-Rock HS)
Manasseh Garner, Pitt (Brashear HS)
Julian Howsare, DE, Clarion (Altoona HS)
Adam Keller, K, North Dakota State (Red Land HS)
Tony LaMancusa, P, Robert Morris
Mark Myers, QB, John Carroll (Pitt transfer)
C.J. Olaniyan, LB, Penn State
Dreamius Smith, RB, WVU
Quinton Spain, OG, WVU
Todd Thomas, LB, Pitt (Beaver Falls HS)
Ray Vinopal, FS, Pitt
Zach Zwinak, FB, Penn State

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