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Penn State in the NFL: Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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A deeper look into how Penn State's former pass catchers are faring as professionals.

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With the NFL Draft less than two weeks away, we here at Black Shoe Diaries are about to dive deep into our coverage of our beloved Nittany Lions who will soon be gracing some lucky NFL rosters. Before we look forward to the futures of the stars of tomorrow though, we're going to take a look at some stars of the past.

Today, we are going to break down each of Penn State's former receiving options that remain in the NFL today, and check out their careers thus far.

Jordan Norwood

Years at Penn State: 2005-2009

Draft Position: Undrafted

Current Team: Denver Broncos (I think)

After a 158 catch, 2,015 receiving yard career in Happy Valley, Norwood went undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft. He eventually signed with the Cleveland Browns, and has bounced around between them, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Denver since then. Norwood didn't appear in a game this season for the Broncos due to a torn ACL, unfortunately. In his career, Norwood has reeled in 36 passes for a total of 405 yards and a touchdown. Not very impressive from a statistical standpoint, no. But the fact that he is still hanging around in the NFL is impressive.

Derek Moye

Years at Penn State: 2008-2011

Draft Position: Undrafted

Current Team: Tennessee Titans (Practice Squad)

The third leading receiver in Penn State history hasn't really gotten a true chance to gain traction in the league just yet. Despite a phenomenal performance in the 2013 preseason for the Steelers, he wasn't able to start any games for the black and gold. He did appear in seven of their games in some capacity in 2013, though, catching two balls for 20 yards and a touchdown on Monday Night Football. Hopefully one day soon, Moye will get the chance to show that he can at the very least be a valuable red zone target.

Allen Robinson

Years at Penn State: 2011-2013

Draft Position: Round 2, Pick 61 by the Jacksonville Jaguars

Current Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

The most prolific receiver in Penn State history is set to follow that act up with a prosperous NFL career. Although Robinson was only able to play in about half of his rookie season due to injury, he was still able to catch 48 passes for a total of 548 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was quickly becoming one of BORTLES' favorite targets before being injured, so it's likely he will return to that role with his improved health. Look for A-Rob to have a break out season in 2015.

Andrew Quarless

Years at Penn State: 2006-2010

Draft Position: Round 5, Pick 154 by the Green Bay Packers

Current Team: Green Bay Packers

Quarless, amazingly, is probably the most prolific receiving option to come out of Penn State that remains in the NFL today. Since being drafted by the Packers in 2010, he has been a reliable target for Aaron Rodgers, and has a Super Bowl to his name. Obviously Green Bay is full of weapons in the passing game, and has never really needed Quarless to be a pro-bowl lever performer, but he's held his own out there for the past five seasons. He's coming off of his best year as a pro (which no doubt has to do with the release of Jermichael Finley), in which he caught 29 passes for 323 yards and 3 touchdowns. If you're betting on any of these guys to continue to produce in the NFL outside of Robinson, put your money on Quarless.

Chris Hogan

Years at Penn State: 2006-2010 (Played football at Monmouth in 2011)

Draft Position: Undrafted

Current Team: Buffalo Bills

Chris Hogan is like the Evan Royster story taken to a new level. He played out his lacrosse scholarship at Penn State before playing football in his final year of college eligibility at Monmouth college in New Jersey. This past season, Hogan emerged for the Bills as a true receiving threat, grabbing 41 passes for 426 yards and 4 touchdowns. Even though Hogan never donned the blue and white on the football field (not Penn State's blue and white, anyway), he's still a Nittany Lion at heart.

Brett Brackett also is still hanging around in the NFL, but has yet to record a stat in a game thus far. He spent one game on the Seahawks before being picked up by the Titans. He started four games for Tennessee this season, but didn't do anything stat-worthy. Hopefully he'll get a chance to show off his athleticism for the talent-deprived Titans at some point this year.

Overall, it's not the most inspiring group of players. However, with the amount of receiving talent that James Franklin has brought in over the past few seasons, don't be surprised to see this list double in size sooner rather than later.