Detroit Lions Select Utah DT John Penisini In Sixth Round, 197th Overall Pick In 2020 NFL Draft

Apr 25, 2020, 2:30 PM | Updated: 10:17 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Detroit Lions picked former Utah defensive tackle John Penisini in the sixth round, 197th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Penisini was the 7th Utah player to be selected in the Draft.

The former Ute is headed to Detroit to join a defense that had a 3-12 record in 2019.

John Penisini’s Collegiate Career

The West Jordan, Utah native started his career at Utah in 2017 after transferring from Snow College. He started in one of the 12 games that he played in his first season, finishing with 4 tackles and a sack.

In 2018, Penisini started in 8 games while participating in all 14 contests. He recorded 38 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. That performance earned him second team All-Pac-12 selection.

This past season, Penisini earned himself a All-Pac-12 second team selection again after racking up 38 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

Penisini’s NFL Combine Results

He measured the following at the NFL Scouting Combine:

Height: 6’1

Weight: 318 lbs.

Arms: 32 7/8″

Hands: 10 1/2″

At the Combine, Penisini recorded the following results:

Bench Press: 23 reps

Vertical Jump: 25.5 inches

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.93 seconds

The 2020 NFL Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft takes place virtually from April 23-25. Click here to learn more about how to watch, stream, or listen to coverage of the Draft.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.

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Detroit Lions Select Utah DT John Penisini In Sixth Round, 197th Overall Pick In 2020 NFL Draft