The Way I See It, some former Nittany Lions may be playing for another NFL team during the upcoming 2006 season. Six former Penn State players are listed among the NFL's free agents. Heading the list is Joe Jurevicius, who reportedly is willing to re-negotiate with the Seattle Seahawks. The highly prized wide receiver wants to stay with the team that should have won Super Bowl XL. There are several teams, including the Eagles, who have genuine interest in the tall receiver. Eddie Drummond, another wideout, is also seeking free agency. The four-year pro last played for the Detroit Lions. A couple of tight ends from Happy Valley are also testing the market. John Gilmore, a four-year pro currently with the Chicago Bears and Tony Stewart, a five-year pro currently with Cincinnati, are two hopefuls of finding increased revenue or playing time. Another Bengal seeking a different backfield from which to run is Kenny Watson. Watson has also been with the NFL for four years.
As of now, only one defensive player out of Penn State announced free agency. Tyoka Jackson, an 11-year pro with the St Louis Rams, has decided to test the field. Another former Nit seeking employment is linebacker Brandon Short, who was released by the Carolina Panthers
Coupled with the list of free agents and released players, from which teams can draw talent, is the collegiate draft day scheduled for mid April.
Penn State has a couple of players that should go high, with several probable first round picks. Heading the list is Tamba Hali a defensive end that some pre-draft predictors are stating could go with the 22nd pick. Not far behind in the selection process is Alan Zemaitis, who may go as high as 41st. Zemaitis is rated the second best collegiate cornerback - eligible for the draft - in the nation. Anwar Phillips, also a steady and talented cornerback, may go as high as 96th.
Michael Robinson will be drafted, but probably not as a quarterback. According to the draft rating report I reviewed, Robinson is rated as the 11th best quarterback in this year's draft. A team who needs help at the running back position may select him. He has also proven he can catch the ball. I see him in the same role as Antwaan Randle-El, a former Indiana Hoosiers' signal-caller. Not surprisingly the top running back in this year's draft is Reggie Bush. Who is the second best draft selection at running back? How about Lendale White, a 6-4, 235-pound bruiser. Both Bush and White are out of Southern Cal..
It will be an interesting summer as contract talks between the owners and player's union have already gotten off on the wrong foot. My hope is that no team clips the tail of these Lion greats, and we'll see them perform Sundays throughout the NFL season.