Former Wyoming Valley West and Penn State standout receiver Eugene Lewis is getting a shot to play professional football with the Cincinnati Bengals. Associated Press photo.
So, the 2017 NFL Draft came and went over the weekend like a rotating rainstorm inching its way up the coast, and only one Penn State player got selected among the 253 players that got their names announced from Thursday through Saturday nights.
Penn State’s leading receiver the last two seasons, Godwin went 84th overall in the third round to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And that’s not so bad, really. Some — including yours truly — figured he could go in the second round. But he ended up in a good spot, in a nice city, with a team that has a decent young quarterback and a star No. 1 receiver and a veteran (DeSean Jackson) to learn from.
But, the Nittany Lions’ run to the NFL didn’t end when the Draft did.
Several former Penn State players wound up getting priority free agent deals or invited to team minicamps.
Locally, the big story is that one-time Nittany Lion and Oklahoma standout Eugene Lewis signed a free-agent deal with the Cinciannati Bengals. Lewis is a former Wyoming Valley West star who played at Penn State from 2013-15 before moving on to the Sooners as a graduate transfer last season.
OLB Brandon Bell will rejoin Lewis, signing with the Bengals.
DE Evan Schwan signed on with the New York Giants.
DE Garrett Sickels is heading back to the scene of Penn State’s 2016 Big Ten Championship Game victory, signing with the Indianapolis Colts.
SAF Malik Golden is headed out West, agreeing to a deal with the San Francisco 49ers.
LS Tyler Yazujian will head to rookie camp with the Detroit Lions.
We also saw some players with ties to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area get either drafted or signed to free-agent deals.
Wilkes-Barre GAR defensive lineman Shakir Soto, who starred at Pittsburgh, signed a deal with the Denver Broncos.
There was also big news this weekend for two Lackawanna College products. First, offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor got selected in the fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens. He went on to Texas A&M after leaving the Falcons. The Arizona Cardinals also signed another ex-Lackawanna standout, defensive back De’Chavon Hayes, who finished his collegiate career at Arizona State.