Defensive end Shareef Miller will forgo his senior season at Penn State and enter the 2019 NFL Draft. The news was announced by ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, who tweeted out a statement from the Nittany Lion standout.
Penn State DL Shareef Miller is leaving school and turning pro. pic.twitter.com/uoSnMGIX8T— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 2, 2019
While injuries to key contributors like Torrence Brown, Ryan Buchholz, and Shane Simmons significantly impacted Penn State over the last two seasons, Miller's consistency made its mark. Many fans will recall him honoring Brown by wearing his number 48 against Iowa in 2017, playing a great game that included a tackle for a safety.
He started all 13 games in 2018, demanding regular attention from opposing offensive lines. Miller finished the 2018 season with 41 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks, behind Yetur Gross-Matos and tied for second with Robert Windsor.
Gross-Matos leads the defensive end group heading into 2019, after a breakout 2018 season that has him flying up 2020 mock drafts. Simmons also returns, hoping to get a full and healthy offseason under his belt after a late start to his 2018 season. Shaka Toney hopes to continue to develop, having put together a signature game against Indiana in 2018. And redshirt freshman Jayson Oweh could have a monster year with the potential he has flashed to this point. They will be joined by redshirt freshman Nick Tarburton and true freshman Adisa Isaac.