This is the most talented class of bearcat seniors that will take the NFL draft by storm in April.There could be as many as 7 or 8 names called this year,with some names people are familiar with and some names that only true die hard Bearcats fans know. The Bearcats program has made a habit out of turning 2 and three star recruits from high school into NFL prospects.
Mardy was the Senior Bowl's best receiver with receiving yards 102 yards and a TD. It won't erase his erratic showing earlier in the week, when he dropped a lot of balls in practice. Gilyard's agility and speed made him a threat each time he touched the ball as return man, he also posted 77 yards on two kickoff returns and two punt returns.His small frame brings durability issues with scouts, but I think with Deshaun Jackson having so much success this year will help him in that aspect. I have seen some scouts rate him as high round 1 and as low as round 3. I think that he will go early in round two to a team that trades up to get him thinking that they can not believe he is still on the board.
Here's a name a bet you didn't expect to see on this list, but every NFL scout knows his name.How neat is it see Windt get some recognition? the long-snappers only get noticed when they mess up, and it's a tribute to Windt that you never heard his name in three years. In his three years as long snapper for the Bearcats he never once had a bad snap. Projected by many as the best long snapper in the draft.
Tony Pike is most gifted thrower of the class,demonstrating the strength,accuracy to all levels of the field and mobility rare for a player of his 6'5 frame.Pike zipped passes thought tight windows, consistently placed his deep outs low and wide so only his man had a shot at the ball and seemed increasing more comfortable dropping back from center. Some have him as a first rounder, seen him as low as a high third. I think with his success at Cincinnati and his frame and tool set, he will be a first day pick. Tony will be more successful with a team that can let him learn there system and then let him step in when his is ready.
The anchor of the Bearcats defense the last two seasons, this hard hitting safety lets u know he is in the area. This two time all big east performer is projected fifth to six round pick.
this 6'1 DT/DE 295lbs is gamer and has what we like to call a high motor always running could be a six to seventh round pick in the draft
this left tackle 6'6 312 lbs stared every game his junior and senior year at Cincinnati This all-big east performer is projected to go in the fifth to six round in the draft.
This transfer from Minnesota filled in well for the Bearcats the last few seasons,this 6'2 DE/OLB/FB is projected to go in the seventh round or be preferred free agent in someone's camp.
this 6'2 286 lbs C/OG was a first team all-big east performer this season. Most scouts have him projected as a preferred free agent in there reports,but will have a chance to impress on UC's pro day.