Penn State defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos is an NFL player. He was selected in the second round with the No. 38 overall pick by the Carolina Panthers. He is the highest Nittany Lion defensive draft pick since Jared Odrick was selected by the Miami Dolphins in 2010 with the 28th overall pick. Odrick remains the last defensive player out of Penn State to be selected in the draft's opening round.
In three years with the Lions, including two as a starter, Gross-Matos put up 19 sacks and 37 tackles for loss.
Despite his impressive production as a collegiate athlete, he is nowhere near his ceiling as a football player. Now that he will have the opportunity to work on his game on a full-time basis and further develop his pass-rushing skills, he could easily become one of the best players in the 2020 class.
A former four-star prospect, Gross-Matos becomes the second defensive end to be selected out of Penn State in as many years. Philadelphia took Shareef Miller in the fourth round in last year's draft. He becomes the fifth Nittany Lion defensive lineman to be drafted since James Franklin became Penn State's head coach, joining Miller, Anthony Zettel, Austin Johnson, and Carl Nassib.
The Panthers' head coach is former Penn State football player Matt Rhule while the offense is led by Joe Brady who as a former graduate assistant for the Nittany Lions.