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Here are all 10 of Penn State’s 2024 NFL combine invitees

Penn State players have developed a strong reputation for showing up strong at the NFL combine and at the school’s annual pro day event. This year will see 10 Penn State players head to Indianapolis for the NFL’s most important exhibition of skill before the draft this spring.

Among those invited to the combine this year from Penn State include offensive tackle Olu Fashanu and defensive end Chop Robinson. Both players are considered first-round talents, with Fashanu projected by some to go within the first 10 picks of the draft. Robinson is expected to be a later first-round draft pick, but a strong showing at the combine could help solidify his first-round projections.

The combine will be a big opportunity for a couple of players to follow up strong showings in the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Bowl in January, and for a few others to redeem themselves a bit after not having those all-star events go according to plan.

The 2024 NFL combine will be held from Monday, February 26 through Monday, March 4 in Indianapolis. Here is a look at each of the 10 Pen State players invited to the NFL combine this year.

Johnny Dixon, cornerback

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Johnny Dixon had to leave the Senior Bowl festivities a little earlier than expected due to a minor injury. With that being the case, being in the best possible health for the combine may be even more important for Dixon as he looks to prove his value to NFL scouts and coaches in attendance.

Olu Fashanu, offensive tackle

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If there is a lock to go in the first round from Penn State, it will be Olu Fashanu. Fashanu was projected to be a first-round draft pick by many draft analysts last year if he chose to go into the 2023 draft, but his return for another year of college football has not seemingly hurt his draft outlook. In fact, it’s possible it may have helped it become even more valuable if the right team falls into place. Fashanu is still highly-regarded as a first-round pick and even a poor showing in the combine may not change that. But there is still a lot riding on Fashanu’s combine performance as there is a difference between being a top-3, top-5, top-10, and top-15 pick.

Daequan Hardy, cornerback

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Daequan Hardy could benefit from a good showing at the cornerback position at the combine, although NFL scouts are also well aware of his potential value on special teams. But to really take things to another level, Hardy will be a player to watch go through the various drills to see if he can boost his stock a bit before the draft.

Adisa Isaac, defensive end

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Adisa Isaac was among the standouts at this year’s East-West Shrine Bowl practices, so scouts will look to see if that carries over to the combine. Isaac showed some good speed at the East-West Shrine Bowl practices, so he is on the radar for scouts. Another good showing in Indianapolis should help him move up some big boards around the league.

Curtis Jacobs, linebacker

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Curtis Jacobs was another standout performer at the East-West Shrine Bowl in January, so he trending in the right direction heading to the combine. How much he can improve his overall stock remains to be seen but he should be a solid performer in the combine drills.

Theo Johnson, tight end

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Penn State tight end Theo Johnson was impressive during the Senior Bowl week in Alabama, so he is another player trending in a positive direction leading up to the NFL combine and draft. Johnson should perform well in the combine drills, and if he can show off some good ball handling skills in some pass drills, he should continue to trend in the right direction.

Kalen King, cornerback

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One of the players with the most to prove at the combine from Penn State may be cornerback Kalen King. King was on the wrong end of some highlights from the East-West Shrine Bowl and scouts were quick to nitpick his coverage in one-on-one drills. At one point, King was discussed as a potential first-round pick, but he will have to work his way back up the big boards if that is to be the case this spring. This combine will be extremely important for King and his draft outlook.

Hunter Nourzad, center

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Penn State will have three offensive linemen in Indianapolis for the combine. Joining Olu Fashanu at the combine will be center Hunter Nourzad, who had a solid week at the East-West Shrine Bowl in January.

Chop Robinson, defensive end

Penn State defensive end Chop Robinson is projected by a number of draft experts to go in the first round, although in the back half of the first round so it is still a bit of a toss-up. Robinson can probably lock down his first-round status with a good showing at the combine, but any slight struggles compared to other defensive ends at the combine could lead to falling into the second round for Robinson. There will be much at stake for Robinson at this combine.

Caedan Wallace, offensive tackle

The third Penn State offensive lineman joining Fashanu and Nourzad in Indianapolis will be Caedan Wallace, who somewhat flew under the radar with his play on the Penn State offensive line. Wallace is deserving of a chance to go to the combine and show what he can do after putting on a good show at the East-West Shrine Bowl.

Story originally appeared on Nittany Lions Wire