Jesse Luketa goes to Cardinals in seventh spherical, the eighth Penn State participant drafted

Jesse Luketa, who grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, grew to become the fifth Penn State participant drafted Saturday — and the eighth previously three days — when the Arizona Cardinals chosen him within the seventh spherical (256th total).

Luketa was the final of the Nittany Lions drafted — seven picks from the top of the ultimate spherical. He accomplished Penn State’s historic draft — the eight gamers chosen have been essentially the most because the NFL chosen 10 Nittany Lions gamers in 1996.

Jahan Dotson, Arnold Ebiketie and Jaquan Brisker have been drafted within the first two rounds, giving Penn State three or extra in these rounds in consecutive drafts for less than the second time at school historical past. Micah Parsons, Odafe Oweh and Pat Freiermuth have been drafted within the first two rounds final 12 months.

Luket’s path to draft day began when he left residence as a highschool sophomore to attend Mercyhurst Prep, the place he grew to become a four-star recruit and Class 3A Defensive Participant of the Yr as a senior.

By the 2020 season at Penn State, he was a workforce captain and began eight of Penn State’s 9 video games at linebacker. He completed the season with 59 tackles, 2 1/2 for loss and three go breakups.

Regardless of lower than elite pace — he has run the 40-yard sprint in 4.89 seconds — his sport saved enhancing. Penn State coaches felt comfy final season transferring him to defensive finish at 6-foot-3, 253 kilos.

He was named honorable point out All-Huge Ten whereas buying the vital expertise of figuring out how you can take correct angles to the ball provider. He completed 2021 with six begins amongst his 12 video games however 61 tackles, 8 1/2 for a loss and one interception.

He’s prone to transfer again to linebacker with the Cardinals.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Evaluation employees author. You’ll be able to contact Jerry by electronic mail at or by way of Twitter .

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