Penn State’s Evan Schwan signs as an undrafted free agent with New York Giants
Former Penn State defensive end Evan Schwan has landed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent, his family confirmed. Aaron Wilson of the National Football post was first to report the signing. The Giants have not yet confirmed the addition of Schwan, not have they announced their free agency class.
Schwan, a former Central Dauphin High School standout, is one of four Nittany Lions to sign free agency deals thus far, according to reports, joining linebacker Brandon Bell (Cincinnati Bengals), defensive end Garrett Sickels (Indianapolis Colts) and safety Malik Golden (San Francisco 49ers).
Wide receiver Chris Godwin was Penn State’s lone draft choice, going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the No. 84 overall pick in the third round.
Schwan was a first-time starter at defensive end for the Lions last season, when he recorded 32 tackles, 8.5 TFLs and tied for a team-high with six sacks. He waited his turn earlier in his career behind veterans Deion Barnes, C.J. Olaniyan, Carl Nassib and Sickels and missed a handful of contests along the way due to injury, including a high-ankle issue that cost him one game in 2016 and limited him in others.
For his career, Schwan logged 63 total tackles, 9.5 TFLs and six sacks.
Little has come easy so far in Schwan’s football career, so his NFL journey is no different. Untimely injuries cost Schwan his entire junior season at Central Dauphin. He needed a monster senior season to get FBS looks and accepted a Penn State scholarship offer in the midst of NCAA sanctions.
But Schwan has tools with a 6-6, 263-pound frame that could lend itself to either defensive end or linebacker at the next level. He was clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.69 seconds and did the 20-yard shuttle in 4.46 seconds.