The first Penn State player to get selected in the 2020 NFL Draft is defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos.
Gross-Matos heard his name called early on Friday, going No. 38 overall to the Carolina Panthers. He was the first B1G player to be taken in the second round of this year’s draft.
Following his junior season, Gross-Matos decided to forgo his final season at Penn State and pursue a career in the NFL. That decision paid off, as he’s a high second-round draft pick and heads to a franchise where he’ll have a chance to carve out a significant role for himself on the defensive line.
In his final season at Penn State, Gross-Matos totaled 15 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and ended with 40 total stops. He leaves Happy Valley with 37 tackles for loss, 19 sacks and two forced fumbles.
Gross-Matos was projected as a late first-round or early second-round draft pick. His selection on Day 2 of this year’s draft was no surprise. He’s the 25th Nittany Lions to be drafted under head coach James Franklin.