Apke leads Day 3 PSU picks

Penn State finished with six players selected in the NFL draft, the most since 2010, and the first one to hear his name called Saturday was a surprise to many people.

Safety Troy Apke was selected by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round, No. 109 overall. Apke had a sensational showing at the NFL combine, running the 40-yard dash in a blistering 4.34 seconds, and he also had a 41-inch vertical leap.

Those measurables dramatically increased Apke’s stock, so much so that he was selected before teammate and fellow safety Marcus Allen, who received far more notoriety in college.

Receiver DaeSean Hamilton also saw his draft stock increase in recent months and drew praise from many scouts. Hamilton was considered a potential third-round pick, but he went in the fourth round to the Denver Broncos with the 113th overall pick.

Broncos general manager John Elway tweeted about Hamilton, “We were very impressed by Daesean Hamilton at the Senior Bowl & are glad to take him in the 4th Rd. A very solid & versatile WR from Penn St who does a tremendous job in all aspects of his game.”

Allen was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round, No. 148 overall. The safety slipped a little further in the draft than many anticipated, but there were some questions about his ability to cover receivers coming out of college.

The final PSU player drafted was cornerback Christian Campbell, who went to the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round, No. 182 overall. Campbell’s first name is now being listed on many NFL draft rundowns as Chris.

Running back Saquon Barkley (first round, No. 2 overall, to the New York Giants) and tight end Mike Gesicki (second round, No. 42 overall, to the Miami Dolphins) were the other two Penn State players previously drafted.

Shortly after the draft, linebacker Jason Cabinda and receiver Saeed Blacknall agreed to terms with the Oakland Raiders as free agents.

Also, DT Parker Cothren signed with the Steelers; CB Grant Haley signed with the Giants; PK Tyler Davis signed with the Bills; OL Brendan Mahon signed with the Panthers.

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