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Penn Staters Shine at Pro Day

Trace McSorley and Miles Sanders highlighted 14 for players in action

NFL: Combine Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Players, coaches, media and agents aliked flocked to Holuba Hall on Tuesday for Penn State’s 2019 NFL pro day.

The Nittany Lions had 14 players in total represented including both big names and some unexpected players.

The full list included: Ryan Bates, Jake Cooper, Koa Farmer, Kevin Givens, Connor McGovern, Trace McSorley, Shareef Miller, Amani Oruwariye, Miles Sanders, Nick Scott, Jonathan Thomas, DeAndre Thompkins, Kyle Vasey and Chasz Wright.

The majority of eyes were on McSorley who is looking to find his way into the back end of the draft. He’s projected by most to go anywhere from the sixth round to undrafted.

McSorley went through a full scripted throwing program that lasted about 30 minutes. In that time he showed off impressive accuracy in short and intermediate routes and connected on a pair of 40-plus yard deep balls.

In total, just four balls hit the ground during the routine, each of which were thrown a bit high.

The real stars of the show, however, were Sanders and Thompkins.

Sanders, who had an outstanding showing at the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis, backed that up with another impressive performance where he showed off his hands and route running.

His performances over the last month have moved him firmly into the discussion as a day two pick in April’s draft.

Thompkins was not a combine invite and struggled in his senior year, but the North Carolina native impressed with his route running as well and made a number of good catches during red zone work.

On the defensive side of the ball, Amani Oruwariye showed well in drills, but Nick Scott stole the show.

Scott tested extremely well, posting a 41-inch vertical jump and running an unofficial 4.43 40-yard dash at 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds.

While Scott has been up and down on the field since the move from running back to safety, his athleticism, intelligence and strong character make him a good candidate to become a longtime special teams ace at the next level.

Farmer also checked in with strong testing numbers, posting 24 bench reps, a 4.48 40-yard dash time (unofficially) and a 37-inch vertical jump.