It took until the sixth round, but Anthony Zettel is officially off the board, and is headed home to Michigan to join the Detroit Lions.
Penn State Football's Swiss-Army knife went about where he was expected to be picked, maybe slightly later than some predicted, but should provide the Lions with great value. After shifting to defensive tackle as a junior, Zettel wrecked havoc on Penn State's defensive line, and helped make every other player around him that much better.
As a part-time defensive end during his freshman and sophomore, he racked up 8 total sacks and 10 tackles for loss in very limited playing time. After bulking up to play defensive tackle over his final two seasons, however, he was a monster. Over the course of his junior and senior seasons, Zettel tallied 12 sacks and 28 tackles for loss, while also helping form the backbone for the Nittany Lions' outstanding run defense.
Zettel is definitely entering the NFL as a tweener, so the Lions will need to really work to find the best spot for him. He could continue to bulk up in order to stay at defensive tackle. He could slim down just a little bit to improve his speed and move back out to defensive end. He could even go the Tedy Bruschi route and try to convert himself into a linebacker. For someone with as much pure athleticism as he has, anything is possible.
Zettel joins a Big Ten-heavy draft class for the Lions, joining Ohio State's Taylor Decker and Michigan's Graham Glasgow and Jake Rudock.
Good luck, Anthony!