South Florida Bulls Well-Represented in NFL Draft: 3 of 5 Players Land in Top 65

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIApril 24, 2010

There were only two Big East teams represented through the first 98 picks during Thursday's and Friday's 2010 NFL draft.

The South Florida Bulls were one of those teams.

With three players landing in the first 65 picks, the school has recorded one of it's most successful years of getting players into the NFL. Five players were drafted overall.

Round One, Pick 15 (15) - DE Jason Pierre-Paul - New York Giants

The 15th pick in the draft by the New York, new Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul set a new record for USF as the highest pick ever taken from the school. He was considered a top-25 talent throughout the weeks leading up to this year's draft.

Coming from USF, he only actually played one year at the school, and only began playing football in his junior year in high school. His first two years were spent at College of the Canyons where he earned first team All-WSC and All-America honors. 

Pierre-Paul then played at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas during the 2008 season where he recorded 70 tackles, 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

In 2009, Pierre-Paul joined the USF Bulls and started 13 games. There he recorded 45 tackles (16.5 tackles for loss), six and a half sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles. He decided to fore go his senior season at USF and elected to declare for the 2010 NFL draft.

His explosiveness and athleticism are major upsides which likely will get him playing time early during his new NFL career. Although he could still add some weight, his 6'5", 270-pound frame make him a constant threat to opposing quarterbacks.

During the second round of the draft, the Philadelphia Eagles decided to fill their need at safety since it opened after the release of longtime safety Brian Dawkins.

Round Two, Pick Five (37) - S Nate Allen - Philadelphia Eagles

During the second round of the draft, USF safety Nate Allen was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles with the fifth pick, 37th overall. This was the pick deemed "the Donovan pick," which was acquired through the trade of Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins.

Allen will be used along with safety Marlin Jackson in coverage schemes and to provide some extra insurance which is much needed due to the multiple ACL injuries Jackson has suffered throughout his career.

Though his tackling ability is questionable, Allen will have plenty of time to learn how to play in the NFL. He's quick enough to match up in man coverage but must work on his angles while playing the zone. He has a lot of potential as the Eagles new safety.

Round Three, Pick One (65) - CB Jerome Murphy - St. Louis Rams

Jerome Murphy was picked early in the third-round by a St. Louis Rams team looking for a coverage corner who had enough speed to keep up with the fastest receivers in the NFL.

Joining Sam Bradford, Murphy will take the practice field this coming summer looking to improve on his recognition skills when it comes to receiver routes as he will fall for double-moves, but he has the raw tools to be one of the faster corners in the league.

Round Six, Pick Eight (177) - WR Carlton Mitchell - Cleveland Browns

Carlton Mitchell isn't one of the quickest wide receivers to enter the NFL. Running only a 4.49 40-yard dash at the NFL combine his time landed him somewhere in the middle of the pack. His three-cone drill and shuttle times also suffered.

Mitchell is a 6'3" specimen who will add some height to the Browns offense but will likely end up playing very sparingly, if at all.

Round Seven, Pick 16 (226) - DE George Selvie - St. Louis Rams

The second player to be drafted out of USF by the Rams was defensive end George Selvie.

His NFL combine performances hurt him immensely as he dropped down many draft boards due to his slow running and agility exercises and weak showing in the strength exercises.

Mentionable Big East Picks

The only other two players to be drafted in the first three rounds were both from the University of Rutgers.

Offensive lineman Anthony Davis was picked by the San Francisco 49ers at 11th overall. Cornerback Devin McCourty was picked up by the New England Patriots on a trade from the Dallas Cowboys.

Syracuse DT Arthur Jones was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens (RD5, PK26), and troubled wide receiver Mike Williams was drafted by Tampa Bay (RD4, PK3).

West Virginia OT Selvish Capers was drafted by the Redskins (RD7,PK24)

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