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The Official NFL Draft Primer/Open Thread

Welcome to the official primer and open thread for the NFL Draft, as related to Penn State.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft is finally upon us. The final opinions have been formed. Player reports have been written. Nine former Penn State athletes are ready for the next stage in their lives to begin. Some of them will be drafted. Some of them will become free agents. All of them, however, will make us proud in everything they do.

In case you missed any of our fantastic coverage of the NFL Draft, get caught up on everything right now.

Creating the Current All-Penn State NFL Team

Penn State in the NFL: Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Penn State in the NFL: Defensive Tackles

Penn State in the NFL: Linebackers

...So You Drafted Adrian Amos

...So You Drafted Miles Dieffenbach

...So You Drafted Deion Barnes

...So You Drafted Mike Hull

...So You Drafted Ross Travis

...So You Drafted Zach Zwinak

...So You Drafted Sam Ficken

...So You Drafted Jesse James

...So You Drafted Donovan Smith

Penn Staters Projected Draft Rounds

Name CBS Projected Draft Spot NFL Projected Draft Spot ESPN Profile
Adrian Amos Round 2-3 Round 3-4 ESPN
Miles Dieffenbach UDFA Priority UDFA ESPN
Deion Barnes Round 7-UDFA Round 7-Priority UDFA ESPN
Mike Hull Round 4 Round 5-6 ESPN
Ross Travis Absolutely No Idea
Jesse James Round 4 Round 5-6 ESPN
Donovan Smith Round 2 Round 3 ESPN

On first glance, it might be a little discouraging to see so many guys listed as ones who will likely become free agents. However, guys like Dieffenbach, Barnes, Zwinak and Ficken are extremely draft-able players, should the right situation arise. All four have a lot to offer NFL teams, and could be picked in the sixth or seventh round.

As the draft unfolds, and as our former champions of the blue and white are chosen by NFL teams, we will have fanshots/articles/banners up on the Black Shoe Diaries homepage to help keep you in the loop. And should any of them be picked by the Seahawks, expect me to blow up like I did when they drafted Jordan Hill.

NFL Draft Information

Pick Team
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2 Tennessee Titans
3 Jacksonville Jaguars
4 Oakland Raiders
5 Washington Redskins
6 New York Jets
7 Chicago Bears
8 Atlanta Falcons
9 New York Giants
10 St. Louis Rams
11 Minnesota Vikings
12 Cleveland Browns
13 New Orleans Saints
14 Miami Dolphins
15 San Francisco 49ers
16 Houston Texans
17 San Diego Chargers
18 Kansas City Chiefs
19 Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo)
20 Philadelphia Eagles
21 Cincinnati Bengals
22 Pittsburgh Steelers
23 Detroit Lions
24 Arizona Cardinals
25 Carolina Panthers
26 Baltimore Ravens
27 Dallas Cowboys
28 Denver Broncos
29 Indianapolis Colts
30 Green Bay Packers
31 New Orleans Saints (from Seattle)
32 New England Patriots

How To Watch

Round 1: Thursday (4/30/15), 8:00 p.m. ET

Rounds 2-3: Friday (5/1/15), 7:00 p.m. ET

Rounds 4-7: Saturday (5/2/15), noon ET

You can watch the draft on both NFL Network and ESPN. Or, you can watch a live stream on

Join us in the comments section over the next three days, as we hopefully watch some of our favorite Penn Staters start their journeys in the NFL!