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Two Big East juniors in mock first round

12/14/2009

Is Anthony Davis a Top 10 NFL Draft pick?

Todd McShay thinks so, at least now. The ESPN Scouts Inc. analyst released his first mock draft first round and has the Rutgers junior offensive tackle pegged to go at No. 9 to Seattle.

"Davis comes with a bit of baggage, but there isn't an offensive lineman in the 2010 class with a better combination of size and agility," McShay writes.

That sums up Davis fairly well. He's the prototypical left tackle at 6-6, 328 pounds with unbelievable athletic skill. But he hasn't always lived up to his potential. Though the coaches named him a first-team All-Big East performer this season, I didn't think he was nearly consistent enough to deserve that honor. But when he is fully engaged and on his game, there's no one better in the league.

Davis has yet to declare for the draft, but most think it's a foregone conclusion.

Another Big East underclassmen made McShay's first round, and that's South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. In just his first year out of junior college, Pierre-Paul made a big impact and outshone heralded teammate George Selvie. McShay has him going 21st to Miami.

"Pierre-Paul wreaks havoc off the edge, and an aging Dolphins defense needs a young pass rusher to develop," he writes.

Pierre-Paul is another guy who hasn't declared and who would probably be better off returning to school. For all his amazing athletic skill -- he's 6-6, 265 with a long wingspan -- he is still very raw and inexperienced. But like Davis, Pierre-Paul would wow scouts in his workouts. If both guys are viewed this favorably by the league, then they almost have to go.