Penn State Football had another successful NFL Draft, with 6 players taken throughout the 7 rounds.
One thing that often gets overlooked are the players who go undrafted and sign with teams afterwards. There are plenty of success stories with these types of players, and the Nittany Lions usually puts out quite a few.
Many can play themselves onto rosters by being flexible and playing special teams. Here are some of the names to keep an eye on heading into training camp.
Where Penn State Football Players Signed as Undrafted Free Agents
Jonathan Sutherland S/LB – Seattle Seahawks
Sutherland played for the Nittany Lions for 5 seasons thanks to the extra year of eligibility from the covid year. In total the hybrid safety/linebacker played 50 games in that stretch. He was listed on the depth chart as a Safety for the first 4 seasons but never seemed to get much traction at that position.
The switch was eventually made to Linebacker in 2022 where Sutherland played all 13 games and recorded 24 tackles, a sack, and fumble recovery.
Sutherland’s best contribution was on special teams where he was named captain and thrust into a leadership role. The excellence on special teams is one of the main reasons why fans can be optimistic that Sutherland will have a long NFL career.
Mitchell Tinsley WR – Washington Commanders
Tinsley joined the Nittany Lions for his final season of eligibility and tallied 51 catches for 577 yards and 5 touchdowns in his 13 games played.
Tinsley will be joining former Nittany Lion and wearer of the #5 jersey Jahan Dotson in Washington summer when training camp gets underway.
Chris Stoll LS – Seattle Seahawks
Stoll was the starting long snapper for the Nittany Lions and played all 13 games in 2022. Being a specialized position if he impresses in camp there is an opportunity for a long and successful career in Seattle.
PJ Mustipher DT – Denver Broncos
Mustipher has been the heart and soul of the Penn State defense for the last few seasons. A season ending injury cut short what had been a dominant start to the 2021 season in which he had already accounted for 21 tackles and a sack through 5 games.
The defensive tackle made the decision to return for a 5th season and was the anchor on what ended up being a solid defense in 2022. Mustipher ended with 144 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles in his Penn State career.
While the injury history is a concern, the talent has always been there for Mustipher and he will have an opportunity to showcase it during training camp.