NFL Scouting Combine: Penn State LB Nate Stupar
This is the fifth of a seven-part series looking at the seven former Penn State football players who will attend the NFL Scouting Combine, which runs Feb. 22-28 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Name: Nate Stupar
Hometown: State College, Pa.
Position: Outside linebacker
Weight: 234 pounds
40 time: 4.77 seconds
2011 stats: 80 tackles (39 solo), 5.5 TFL, two sacks, two interceptions, three pass break-ups, five pass deflections, two fumble recoveries.
Career stats: 184 tackles, 14.5 TFL, five sacks, four interceptions, eight pass break-ups, 12 pass deflections, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, two punt blocks.
Position rank: 40
Overall rank: 478
CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang’s draft projection: Undrafted free agent
Rob Rang’s analysis: I was surprised he got a combine invite. He deserves it. He’s a good football player who has a tendency to be in the right place at the right time. I don’t see great athleticism. He’s going to have a tough transition to the NFL because of that limited athleticism. He’s pretty much a 4-3 strong side linebacker. The combine is going to be important because he’s going to have to prove he has athletic ability to play back in coverage. Some of Penn State’s defense is so geared around allowing linebackers to make plays. The fact he got invited to the combine means somewhere out there, someone thinks he’s a draft-worthy prospect. He played behind really good football players, and once he got an opportunity, he played well.