Canadian defensive lineman/linebacker Jesse Luketa has declared for the 2022 NFL Draft following his senior season at Penn State. He would have been eligible to return to school next year as a fifth-year senior due to the NCAA’s decision to grant players an extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The six-foot-three, 251-pound defender garnered a Senior Bowl invitation in November, which shows that he has a serious chance of getting drafted. 106 players who participated in the 2021 Senior Bowl were selected by NFL teams, representing 41 percent of the overall draft pool.
Luketa dressed for eleven regular season games as a senior in 2021, recording 52 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, one interceptions, and 0.5 sacks. He has finished his four-year NCAA career with 142 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, one interception, and 0.5 sacks playing both defensive end and linebacker.
The native of Ottawa, Ont. was the No. 4-ranked prospect in the fall scouting bureau rankings for the 2022 CFL Draft. He should be one of the top selections in the 2022 CFL Draft unless he is selected by an NFL team, in which case his stock north of the border will drop.
Luketa is close friends with former college teammate Micah Parsons, who was a first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2021 NFL Draft. He has had a great rookie season, recording 79 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, three knockdowns, and three forced fumbles.