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Pitt and Penn State were fairly well-represented in last month’s NFL Draft, with each school sending three players into the league via the annual draft. The western Pennsylvania region also saw three players selected.

The first local player taken was no surprise, as Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald went 13th overall to the St. Louis Rams. Following one of the most dominant seasons by a defensive tackle in college football history, Donald—a Penn Hills product—became Pitt’s highest drafted defensive lineman since Aliquippa’s Sean Gilbert went third overall to the Los Angeles Rams in 1992.

Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson was the first Nittany Lion off the board, as the junior was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round.

Robinson, the 2012 and ’13 Big Ten Receiver of the Year, left Penn State ranked second in career receptions with 177 and third in career receiving yardage with 2,474 yards.

West Virginia saw a pair of players drafted in the third round, as running back Charles Sims went to Tampa Bay early in the round, while defensive end Will Clarke was selected by Cincinnati near the end of the third.

A transfer from Houston to WVU, Sims ranked second in the Big 12 with 1,549 all-purpose yards last season.

Clarke, who played at Allderdice in the Pittsburgh City League started all 12 games for the Mountaineers at defensive tackle in 2013 and recorded six sacks.

Two more players with local connections were drafted in the fourth round. Penn State defensive tackle Daquan Jones, a first-team All-Big Ten defensive tackle, was selected with the 12th pick of the round by the Tennessee Titans.

Pitt quarterback Tom Savage was drafted late in the fourth round by the Houston Texans. The Cardinal O'Hara High School graduate began his career at Rutgers, before transferring to Arizona and then Pitt. Savage threw for 2,958 yards, 21 touchdowns and 9 interceptions last season, completing 61.2 percent of his passes.

Bloomsburg also had a player drafted in the fourth round. Defensive end Larry Webster, a former basketball player who also played tight end, went to the Larry WebsterDetroit Lions.

Pitt and Penn State were also represented in the fifth-round. Panthers wideout Devin Street, also a Pennsylvania high school product, was chosen by the Dallas Cowboys with the sixth pick of the fifth round. Street’s 202 career receptions are the most in Pitt history.

Penn State guard John Urschel, who was selected first-team All-Big Ten by the league’s coaches for the second consecutive season, went to the Baltimore Ravens late in the fifth round.

In the seventh round, the San Francisco 49ers selected Boston College defensive lineman Kaleb Ramsey, a graduate of Laurel Highlands High School who was one of the strongest players at the NFL Combine in April.

Several local players also signed free agent contracts or were invited to mini-camps for tryouts as well. The complete list of local players drafted, as well as a partial list of undrafted free agents, is below.

FIRST ROUND
13th - Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt (Penn Hills) - St. Louis Rams

SECOND ROUND
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State - Jacksonville Jaguars

THIRD ROUND
Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia (Allderdice) - Cincinnati Bengals

FOURTH ROUND
Daquan Jones, DT, Penn State - Tennessee Titans
Tom Savage, QB, Pitt - Houston Texans

FIFTH ROUND
Devin Street, WR, Pitt - Dallas Cowboys
John Urschel, OL, Penn State - Baltimore Ravens

SEVENTH ROUND
Kaleb Ramsey, DT, Boston College (Laurel Highlands) - San Francisco 49ers

Kaleb RamseyUndrafted Free Agents
Glenn Carson, LB, Penn State: Arizona Cardinals
Brian Clarke, OG, Bloomsburg: Dallas Cowboys
A.J. Dalton, OL, Robert Morris: Detroit Lions
Chris Elkins, OL, YSU (Beaver Falls): STEELERS
Garry Gilliam, OT, Penn State: Seattle Seahawks
CJ Goodwin, WR, Cal-PA: STEELERS
Dewey McDonald, S, California-PA: Indianapolis Colts
Shaq Rowell, DT, WVU: Carolina Panthers
K'Waun Williams, CB, Pitt: Cleveland Browns
Matt Yoklic, P, Pitt: Atlanta Falcons

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