With their second pick in the sixth round and at the 202nd overall selection, the Detroit Lions have selected Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel
This pick was acquired by the Lions when they sent safety Mohammed Seisay to the Seahawks in a trade early last August.
Anthony Zettel, a native of West Branch, Michigan, was originally recruited as a defensive end and spurned offers from both Michigan schools to attend Penn State. Struggling to fill positions following sanctions leveled at the school, the Nittany Lions converted Zettel to an undersized defensive tackle, but he nevertheless proved himself a reliable starter at that position as well. With such flexibility, Zettel could be a valuable asset for depth and certain packages run by defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.
Here's what Penn State SB Nation blog Black Shoes Diaries has to say about him: "If there's an archetype that Zettel fills, it's the uber-productive college player whose skill set doesn't translate super well to the next level. It would be easy to sit here as someone who's watched him excel, for the past four years, in whatever role he's been given, and tell you that the suits are wrong, but it's really hard to argue with the conventional wisdom. The step back he took last season doesn't help, but again, we're talking about someone whose versatility, motor, and drive will carry him even further than his raw talent alone. He's been undersized his whole career, and nobody could've expected how well he'd play at DT."