NFL Draft 2017: Ranking the Penn State greats turned NFL stars taken after the first round
Penn State great Paul Posluszny now stars for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Joe Hermitt, PennLive
There have been 20 former Penn Staters that have had Pro Bowl careers despite not being taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. That group also includes one Pro Football Hall of Famer.
For a ranking of Penn State’s all-time first-round picks, click here.
Read on for a look at the Penn State greats that excelled at the pro level after being selected in the later rounds of the NFL Draft. This list is comprised of players that were picked in the second round and later.
Players are listed in inverse order of their NFL greatness. Rankings were determined by criteria such as number of Pro Bowl selections, Super Bowl wins and statistics.
Lance Mehl (56) tries to tackle Houston Oilers great Earl Campbell (34). AP photo
Draft position: Third round (No. 69 overall), 1980 NFL Draft
Teams: New York Jets (1980-87)
Buzz: Mehl was a starter on the 1978 Penn State squad that finished 11-1 and lost to Alabama in the 1979 Sugar Bowl, considered to be that year’s national championship game. The Ohio native made the Pro Bowl in 1985 after logging 5.5 sacks and picking off three passes. He recorded 14 sacks and 15 interceptions in his pro career.
Michael Robinson during the 2006 Orange Bowl. Joe Hermitt, PennLive