Former Nittany Lion Tommy Stevens Drafted by the New Orleans Saints

By Nick Polak on April 25, 2020 at 6:39 pm
Apr 13, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Tommy Stevens (2) throws a pass during a warmup prior to the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium.
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Former Nittany Lion quarterback and LION specialist Tommy Stevens has found a new home in the NFL. The New Orleans Saints selected Stevens in the 7th round of the NFL Draft with the 240th pick overall.

The former Nittany Lion chose to transfer down to Mississippi State to join former offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead prior to the 2019 season. Unfortunately for Stevens, things didn't quite go as planned, as injuries plagued him throughout his only season in Starkville. He ended up attempting just 161 passes, completing 97 of them for 1,155 yards, 11 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He added 381 yards and four scores on the ground.

While in Happy Valley, Stevens was a do-it-all threat that lined up at quarterback, H-back, tight end, and wide receiver. He was responsible for 10 touchdowns during his time as the LION on the Penn State depth chart, accumulating 506 rushing yards and 62 receiving yards in his gadget role.

Ironically, the most common NFL comparison for Stevens during his time in college was Saints backup quarterback and gadget specialist, Taysom Hill. So in one regard, it makes perfect sense that the Saints chose Stevens. Though it's fair to wonder if there is room for both he and Hill on the roster. Considering they are now without Teddy Bridgewater, however, the combination of Hill and Stevens would give them a fascinating pair of backup options for Drew Brees. Considering the value each player adds as an all-around weapon, there is certainly enough reason to keep both around.

Though he ended his career elsewhere, Stevens will always be a Nittany Lion. Congratulations, Tommy!