Draft history made at Rutgers, South Florida

April, 23, 2010
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As expected, three Big East players were drafted in the first round. That still qualified as big news for two league schools.

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Bill Stiener/Icon SMIJason Pierre-Paul is the highest-drafted player ever from the University of South Florida.
Rutgers' Anthony Davis went 11th to San Francisco, the highest draft pick in school history. Devin McCourty later joined him in the first round when New England took him No. 27 overall. The Scarlet Knights' only other first-round pick in their history came last year with Kenny Britt.

Rutgers is the first Big East school with two first-round picks in the same draft since Miami and Virginia Tech in 2004.

Former University of South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul made history tonight when he was selected with the 15th pick in the 2010 NFL draft by the New York Giants, becoming USF’s highest draft pick ever and the 12th selection in USF history.

Meanwhile, Jason Pierre-Paul became South Florida's highest-ever draftee when he went to the New York Giants at No. 15. The Bulls have only one other first-rounder in their short history, and that's 2008 selection Mike Jenkins, who was taken with the 25th overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys.

The Big East's three first-round selections were one more than the Pac-10, the same as the Big Ten and one fewer than the ACC. And of course, the Big East has fewer teams than any of those leagues.

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