Friday, April 12, 2013
Where Big East falls in draft rankings
By Matt Fortuna
With the NFL draft just two weeks away, the boards are beginning to take shape. Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. released their latest rankings and predictions this week, with a number of Big East players making the grade.
No Big East players will be among the 23 in New York for the draft, the NFL announced Wednesday.
McShay's latest mock draft is scenario-based , with a former and a current conference player projected for the first round:
-No. 24, D.J. Hayden (Houston), Indianapolis Colts
-No. 26, Justin Pugh (Syracuse), Green Bay Packers
McShay also has former Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib as a possibility for the Bills, who could use the No. 8 pick in trade for coach Doug Marrone to later grab his signal caller.
Hayden and Pugh also crack McShay's draft board, at Nos. 25 and 27, respectively , with UConn cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson falling out of the top-32.
Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl, meanwhile, has Hayden as one of four players on the rise throughout the pre-draft process .
Kiper Jr. has no Big East players on his 25-man Big Board , though he has a number of conference players on his top-5s by position lists :
-Nassib (Syracuse), No. 3 quarterback
-Zach Line (SMU), No. 4 fullback
-Pugh (Syracuse), No. 4 guard
-Steve Beauharnais (Rutgers), No. 5 inside linebacker
-Sio Moore (UConn), No. 4 outside linebacker
-Hayden (Houston), No. 5 cornerback
-Shamarko Thomas (Syracuse), No. 5 safety