Former Penn State QB Trace McSorley declines request to work out at defensive back at NFL Combine

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 1: Trace McSorley #QB09 of the Penn State Nittany Lions is seen at the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS– Sometimes, NFL scouts want to see players work out at different positions than they have played in college.

Many times, those requests may come to quarterbacks that possess superior athletic ability, making many ponder if they could play another position. Often, those requests come because scouts are unsure of a player’s ability to play quarterback at the next level.

On Saturday, former Penn State QB Trace McSorley was asked to work out at defensive back at the NFL Combine.

He declined the request:

McSorley set the all-time passing mark for a Nittany Lion during his time at Penn State, but his workouts didn’t do much to convince scouts that he can play quarterback in the NFL.

However, he did show outstanding speed, running the fastest 40-time of any quarterback at the Combine:

If McSorley fails to be selected in next month’s NFL Draft, he could latch on with a team in training camp as a quarterback.

However, if that path does not lead him to playing time or a spot on a team’s roster, it will be interesting to see if he would pivot to the defensive side of the ball.

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