Here's a look at Penn State in the last 10 NFL drafts

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Here's a look at Penn State in the last 10 NFL drafts

The NFL draft has been good to Penn State the last 10 years, as the Nittany Lions have produced 39 picks.

The program has lived up to its billing as “Linebacker U,” producing nine picks at that storied position in State College, Pennsylvania.

No other position has produced as many NFL picks over the last 10 years for PSU. The Nittany Lions also have been fertile on both lines and in the defensive backfield. The offensive skill spots? Not so productive. Christian Hackenberg will be the first Penn State QB picked since Wally Richardson in 1997.

In addition to Hackenberg, the Nittany Lions figure to see DT Anthony Zettel, DE Carl Nassib and DT Austin Johnson tabbed.

Here is a look at how Penn State has fared in the last 10 NFL drafts.

Highest pick: 5th overall, OT Levi Brown, 2007/Cardinals
Most fertile draft: 2006 and 2010, six selections
Total first-round picks: 4
Total picks: 39

Position breakdown

Linebacker: 9
Defensive line: 8
Offensive line: 8
Defensive back: 5
Running back: 3
Receiver: 3
Tight end: 3

Year by Year

1st round DE Tamba Hali, Chiefs
4 RB Michael Robinson, 49ers
4 DB Calvin Lowry, Titans
4 CB Alan Zemaitis, Buccaneers
6 G Tyler Reed, Bears
7 DB Ethan Kilmer, Bengals

1 OT Levi Brown, Cardinals
2 LB Paul Posluszny, Bills
3 NT Jay Alford, Giants
3 RB Tony Hunt, Eagles
5 LB Tim Shaw, Panthers

3 LB Dan Connor, Panthers
4 CB Justin King, Rams

1 DE Aaron Maybin, Bills
3 WR Derrick Williams, Lions
3 WR Deon Butler, Seahawks
4 G Rich Ohrnberger, Patriots
7 C A.Q. Shipley, Steelers

1 DE Jared Odrick, Dolphins
2 LB Sean Lee, Cowboys
3 LB NaVorro Bowman, 49ers
5 TE Andrew Quarless, Packers
7 TE Mickey Shuler, Vikings
7 LB Josh Hull, Rams

2 G Stefen Wisniewski, Raiders
6 RB Evan Royster, Redskins

2 DT Devon Still, Bengals
5 G Johnnie Troutman, Chargers
5 DE Jack Crawford, Raiders
7 LB Nathan Stupar, Raiders

3 DT Jordan Hill, Seahawks
4 LB Gerald Hodges, Vikings
7 LB Michael Mauti, Vikings

2 WR Allen Robinson, Jaguars
4 DT DaQuan Jones, Titans
5 G John Urschel, Ravens

2 OT Donovan Smith, Buccaneers
5 FS Adrian Amos, Bears
5 TE Jesse James, Steelers


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