D'Anton Lynn before Penn State's season opener vs Indiana State. Sept. 3, 2011. (MIke Pettigano/BSD)
D'Anton Lynn, Cornerback/Safety: 6'0", 206 lbs
Career Stats: 162 tackles (97 solo), 7 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 18 passes broken up, 22 pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery
Lynn was invited to the NFL combine, where he performed in most drills despite having just re-aggravated a torn calf muscle sustained in the Ticketcity bowl. He didn't have a very good combine due to this injury, posting one of the slowest d-back times (4.76 seconds) in the forty yard dash. He also had 17 bench reps, a vertical jump of 31 1/2, and a broad jump of 9'3".
At the Penn State pro day, Lynn was unable to fully participate due to his injury; despite this, he still was able to put up 21 bench reps. More recently, Lynn was scheduled to work out for some pro scouts in his hometown of Celina, TX.
Before his injury, Lynn was projected by most to be taken in the later rounds of the draft. Because of this injury and his subsequent less-than-desired performance at the combine, many are projecting him to go undrafted.
If an NFL team does take a chance and secure Lynn with a late round pick, they'll get a hard working, soft spoken guy with a high football IQ. The son of the Jets' running back coach, Lynn anchored the defensive backfield for the Nittany Lions over the past three years, despite missing sporadic time due to injury. He held his own over the years against the best wide receivers in the Big Ten, and it wasn't uncommon to not hear his name for many minutes--which some say is the mark of a good defensive back.
A 2011 Big Ten Honorable Mention player, Lynn was originally recruited to Penn State as one of the top-ranked safeties in the nation, before being switched to corner. He played in the safety position in the Senior Bowl in Alabama in January, and provides a lot of versatility in the secondary for whatever team he plays for.