2021 NFL Draft Profile: Penn State Offensive Lineman Michal Menet

By Matthew Filipovits on April 28, 2021 at 11:08 am
Penn State center Michal Menet
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Michal Menet came to Penn State as one of the most coveted offensive line prospects in the country. The Reading, PA native was the Nittany Lion's starting center for three seasons and served as a captain for two of them. Now, he'll look to bring a steady presence to a NFL team looking to bolster their interior offensive line.

Michal Menet
Michal Menet
Position: Offensive Lineman
Height/Weight: 6'4/301 lbs.
Hometown: Reading (NJ)
Recruiting Ranking: ★★★★(0.9818)
Strengths At a Glance: Strength, Consistency, Run blocking
Weaknesses At a Glance:  Athleticism

Career Summary

An early enrollee, Menet took a redshirt his first season to campus to put on some weight and for the staff to figure out if he was best served to be a center or a guard. He appeared in 12 games the following season before locking down the starting center job as a redshirt sophomore ahead of the 2018 season.

Menet Career Stats
  Games Starts
2017 12 0
2018 13 12
2019 13 13
2020 9 9
TOTAL 47 34

He was a solid contributor from the start, helping protect Trace McSorley and pave the way for Miles Sanders. The highlight of that season came against Michigan State, where Menet and Co. helped the Nittany Lions rush for over 200 yards against the Michigan State Spartans, the nation's top rush defense at the time. 

He kept the momentum going in 2019 while greatly improving his pass blocking. He quickly became the leader of Penn State's offensive line room and was named a team captain, an honor he would also hold in 2020. Despite flirting with the NFL, he decided to return for his senior season, where he greatly benefited from playing under Phil Trautwein. He earned Third-Team All-Big Ten from both the coaches and the media and earned an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Strengths

Strength...Experienced...Plays low...Run blocking...Plays through the whistle...Great leadership skills

Weaknesses

Athleticism...Pass blocking still needs some work

Summary

Michal Menet doesn't have very many holes in his game. He's a fantastic run blocker and has the film to back it up. While his pass blocking needs some work, he's strong enough to handle the bigger interior defensive linemen he'll see at the professional level. He's best suited to remain at center, but it wouldn't hurt for a team to try him out at guard just to see if there's something there. Menet is going to be a great value grab for a team in the late rounds and should have a spot on an NFL roster for years to come.

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