Four Nittany Lions taken on day 3 of NFL Draft

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Penn State safety Troy Apke (Mount Lebanon, Pa.) and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (Fredericksburg, Va.) were selected in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft Saturday in Arlington, Texas. Additionally, safety Marcus Allen (Upper Marlboro, Md.) was chosen in the fifth round and cornerback Christian Campbell (Phenix City, Ala.) was a sixth-round pick.

 

Apke was drafted by the Washington Redskins with the 109th overall pick, while Hamilton was the 113th overall selection by the Denver Broncos, Allen was the 148th overall selection by the Pittsburgh Steelers and Campbell was the 182nd overall selection by the Arizona Cardinals.

 

Apke is the 22nd Penn State player to be drafted by the Redskins all-time, Hamilton is the fifth Penn State player to be selected by the Broncos all-time, Allen is the 26th Penn Stater to go to the Steelers all-time and Campbell is the 13th Penn State letterman to go to the Cardinals all-time.

 

The quartet joins Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.) and Mike Gesicki (Manahawkin, N.J.) as Penn Staters to hear their name called in this year’s NFL Draft. Barkley was the No. 2 overall selection by the New York Giants Thursday night and Gesicki was the 42nd overall pick by the Miami Dolphins Friday night.

A total of 350 Nittany Lions have been selected all-time in the NFL Draft, which ranks seventh among Division I institutions, including 37 in the first round. The Nittany Lions have had at least three players drafted six of the last seven years. The six selections are the most since 2010 when six Nittany Lions were chosen.

 

Apke is the highest Penn State defensive back to be selected in the NFL Draft since Justin King went with the 101st overall pick to the St. Louis Rams in 2008. He is the first defensive back to be selected since Jordan Lucas went in the sixth round in the 2016 draft.

 

Apke, Allen and Campbell make it 32 Penn State defensive back to be drafted all-time. This is the second time in program history three defensive backs have been chosen in the same draft. The other time Penn State had three DBs selected was the 2006 NFL Draft when Calvin Lowry (Tennessee in fourth round), Alan Zemaitis (Tampa Bay in fourth round) and Ethan Kilmer (Cincinnati in seventh round) were chosen.

 

Hamilton is the 24th Penn State wide receiver to be drafted all-time. He is the first wide out selected since Chris Godwin went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round last year.

 

“We couldn’t be happier for Troy to hear his named called during the NFL Draft,” Penn State Head Coach James Franklin said. “He was a guy who contributed for us on special teams early in his career, but really took advantage of his opportunities when they came around on defense. As you saw at the NFL Combine, he has tremendous speed and agility and we believe he will be a great contributor for the Redskins. We are also so proud to have him earn his degree in criminology in December.”

 

It was great watching Troy develop into the man and player he is now,” safeties coach Tim Banks said. “Troy showed all his teammates the road map of hard work and determination and where it can lead!” 

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