2012 NFL Draft: Linebacker U sends Nate Stupar to Oakland Raiders

Penn State is sending one more player to the Oakland Raiders. On the final day of the NFL Draft, the Raiders drafted linebacker Nate Stupar in the seventh round with the 230th overall pick.

Stupar is the 59th linebacker to be drafted by an NFL team in school history and he is the seventh at the position to be drafted since 2007. The Raiders have now drafted 11 players out of Penn State all-time.

Stupar was a fringe NFL draft prospect expected to go late in the draft if at all. His overall ball awareness and tackling ability could make him a project worth taking a chance on for Oakland, but his lack of speed and mobility may be a concern as he looks to go up against NFL talent.

Earlier in the fifth round Oakland drafted defensive end Jack Crawford from Penn State. It is the first time in franchise history the Raiders have drafted two Penn State players in the same draft. With Oakland’s second round draft selection of center Stefen Wisniewski the Raiders have now drafted a total of three players from Penn State in the span of one year.

Stupar is the fourth Penn State player to be drafted in this year’s NFL Draft. In addition to Stupar and Crawford to Oakland, Devon Still was a second-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals and offensive guard Johnnie Troutman was drafted in the fifth round by the San Diego Chargers.

Kevin McGuire

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