At Least 12 NFL Teams Will Have Scouts at Saturday's Ohio State vs. Penn State Game

By Dan Hope on November 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Chase Young

As Ohio State faces its most talented opponent of the season to date in Penn State, a large contingent of NFL talent evaluators will be on hand to take a closer look at the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions.

12 NFL teams are set to have at least one representative in the press box for Saturday's game: the Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Eagles and Chargers will both have two representatives in attendance to scout the game.

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway also said in an interview with the team's website earlier this week (h/t The Athletic's Nicki Jhabvala) that he will be attending Saturday's game, though the Broncos are not included on the press box seating chart.

Ohio State's roster includes no shortage of NFL prospects for scouts to keep an eye on Saturday, including defensive end Chase Young, who will make his return to the field against Penn State after being suspended two games for an NCAA violation. Young is expected to be one of the first players selected in the 2020 NFL draft, in which the Bengals are currently in line for the No. 1 overall pick and the Dolphins are currently slotted to pick fourth.

Other potential 2020 NFL draft prospects to watch for the Buckeyes include cornerbacks Jeff Okudah and Shaun Wade, running back J.K. Dobbins and a multitude of seniors who will be playing their final home games as Buckeyes on Saturday, including linebacker Malik Harrison, cornerback Damon Arnette and wide receivers K.J. Hill, Binjimen Victor and Austin Mack, among others.

The Senior Bowl will also be in attendance on Saturday to evaluate potential candidates to play in its game, who could also include safety Jordan Fuller, defensive tackles DaVon Hamilton and Robert Landers, offensive linemen Branden Bowen and Jonah Jackson, defensive end Jonathon Cooper and tight end/defensive end Rashod Berry.

Penn State also has a multitude of NFL prospects on its roster. Top Nittany Lions players who should draw attention from the scouts in attendance include wide receiver KJ Hamler, tight end Pat Freiermuth and defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos, among others. 

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