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#64
John Urschel
Team: Penn State Nittany LionsHeight: 6-3 Born:
Position: GWeight: 300 Hometown: Williamsville, NY
Class-Eligibility: GS-Sr


Scouting Report
More than perhaps any other player in this draft class, football largely came secondary to Urschel during his collegiate career. He was stellar at right guard, starting all 24 games there for Penn State over the last two seasons and earning third-team All-American honors from the AP in 2013 after being named first-team All-Big Ten in 2012. But he's more much more renowned for his academic work, having already completed a Master's degree in mathematics prior to his final season and working on a second Master's in math education during the 2013-14 academic year. With a perfect 4.0 GPA, Urschel was awarded the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, which is commonly referred to as the academic equivalent of the Heisman. Urschel has had research papers published in academic journals and has taught undergraduate courses at Penn State. As one would expect given Urschel's accolades, his intangibles are perhaps his best attribute, but solid fundamentals also help him combat average athleticism. A shortage of strength is certainly his weakness, and he could wind up moving to center. His experience in a pro-style offense under new Texans coach Bill O'Brien doesn't hurt his cause. Urschel could be selected as soon as the fifth round, but could also slide out of the draft entirely. Regardless, he'll certainly have other opportunities waiting for him if he doesn't stick in the NFL.