Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Big East at the combine
By Matt Fortuna
Twenty-four former Big East players and several more stars from future conference teams have been in Indianapolis the past week showing off in front of their prospective future employers. With the NFL scouting combine wrapping up today with defensive backs working out, we'll take a look at how some of the Big East's stars fared.
- Former Cincinnati tight end Travis Kelce is part of a very deep tight end class that, Todd McShay says , could see six players taken over the NFL draft's first two rounds. Kelce did not run after suffering an injury that had forced him to skip the Senior Bowl. Scouts Inc. rates Kelce as the fifth-best draft-eligible tight end. Former Rutgers tight end D.C. Jefferson comes in at 14th .
- Scouts Inc. has former Memphis tackle Jordan Devaney as the No. 56 draft-eligible offensive lineman , and it has former Syracuse tackle Justin Pugh at No. 7. And, whaddaya know, it also gives a draftable grade (34) to former Louisville center Mario Benavides, who was the biggest combine snub among all former Big East players.
- As for other cheat sheets by position: Former Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison (4.68 40-yard dash) comes in as the No. 4 draft-eligible running back -- this after leaving school with two years of eligibility remaining. Former Temple back Montel Harris (4.68 40) is No. 18, former Pitt back Ray Graham (4.80 40) is No. 21, former SMU fullback Zach Line (4.77 40) is No. 27 and former Cincinnati tailback George Winn (4.75 40) is No. 34. Former Syracuse wideout Alec Lemon ranks No. 26 among receivers , former Rutgers wideout Mark Harrison ranks No. 33, former Cincinnati wideout Kenbrell Thompkins is No. 35 and former SMU wideout Darius Johnson is No. 39.
- Other players receiving plenty of love? Former SMU end Margus Hunt, who reportedly repped 225 pounds 38 times on the bench press and ran a 4.6 40-yard dash in a performance that could see his stock soar into the first round. Former UConn end Trevardo Williams reportedly ran the fastest 40 time among defensive linemen, clocking in at 4.57 .
- Two players to keep eyes on today are Logan Ryan and Blidi Wreh-Wilson. Ryan left Rutgers a year early and could go off the board in the second round, while Wreh-Wilson is currently Scouts Inc.'s No. 25 overall player, the highest ranking among a deep pool of former Huskies defensive players.