412 to 814 to 215 and the NFL. Penn State’s Miles Sanders was selected in the second round by the Philadelphia Eagles. With the 21st pick of the second round (53 overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft, Sanders is the second running back taken in the 2019 draft. Sanders becomes the first Nittany Lion drafted.
With Saquon Bakley going second overall just one year ago, the selection of Sanders marks the first time Penn State has had running backs drafted in consecutive years since 2006 and 2007. In 2006, quarterback Michael Robinson was selected as a running back by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round and Tony Hunt was selected the following season by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round.
In 2018, Sanders faced the dubious task of replacing a Nittany Lion legend. He rushed for 1,274 yards in 220 carries (5.8 yards per carry), and tallied nine touchdowns. The Pittsburgh native came to Penn State as one of its highest-rated recruits after an illustrious career at Woodland Hills. Sanders also joins an impressive group of Wolverine alumni to make the NFL including Rob Gronkowski, Jason Taylor, Steve Breaston, and Ryan Mundy to name a few.