Speculating about Chris Godwin’s potential NFL destinations, Penn State wrestler Nick Suriano earns a spot in NCAAs and more

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Whither Godwin?

Pennlive.com churned out a piece Tuesday speculating as to where Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin might land in the NFL draft, April 27-29.

Godwin, who appears to have helped himself with his performance in last week’s 2017 NFL Scouting Combine – particularly by running 4.42 in the 40-yard dash – was originally viewed as a third-round pick. Now, who knows?

The first possible destination mentioned in the PL piece is New England, though that seems a long shot, given how well the Patriots’ current receiving corps performed en route to another Super Bowl victory – especially without injured tight end Rob Gronkowski in the mix.

And maybe Godwin would do well to be drafted by someone other than the Pats, seeing as the wideouts they have chosen since Bill Belichick took over as coach in 2000 have usually fallen far short of expectations.

According to the Boston Globe, New England has selected 13 receivers in Belichick’s 16 drafts, and only three can be considered successes: 2002 second-rounder Deion Branch, 2002 seventh-rounder David Givens and 2009 seventh-rounder Julian Edelman, who’s still with the club.

Dallas is also mentioned as a potential landing spot for Godwin, because the Cowboys could use another outside threat to complement Dez Bryant, and because they have picks at Nos. 60 and 92. That’s also a tough sell, given the team’s defensive needs.

The other teams mentioned – Tennessee, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, Buffalo and Baltimore – seem far more likely. The Eagles in particular are a team in need of a receiver. They might very well use the 14th overall pick on a cornerback, as this draft is deep at that position, then look for a wideout in subsequent rounds. So Godwin makes a lot of sense there.

Ditto for Baltimore, which has been thin at receiver in recent years and saw surefire Hall of Famer Steve Smith retire – for good this time, it appears – after this past season.

Bottom line – Godwin will have his share of suitors.


Suriano earns at-large bid

PSU 125-pound wrestler Nick Suriano learned Tuesday that he had earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, March 16-18 in St. Louis.

Suriano injured his left ankle in the NWCA Dual Championship against Oklahoma State on Feb. 19 and was unable to compete in the Big Ten Championships this past weekend. He is 16-3 this season, however, and according to the Centre Daily Times is third nationally in RPI and fourth in the coaches’ rankings.

Eight other Lions have earned NCAA spots. The brackets and seedings for the tournament will be announced Wednesday.


Lions make the grade

A total of 51 Lions football players finished the fall semester with grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher, according to a university release, with 16 of those achieving a 3.5 or higher.

Particularly noteworthy was the fact that senior long snapper Tyler Yazujian earned a 3.85 in security risk analysis and was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Freshman punter Blake Gillikin earned a 4.0 in the Schreyer Honors College. Wide receiver Cody Hodgens, a graduate student in kinesiology, also earned a 4.0.


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