Two teams in coaching flux take the field.  Pittsburgh’s former head coach bolted for Arizona State after just one season with the Panthers; Arizona State- the same school that was awfully close to hiring SMU coach June Jones before a last second contract snafu.  SMU’s explosive offense will challenge Pitt’s defense while the Panthers offensive line should have little trouble handling the Mustangs defense.

Pittsburgh

Rnd Name Pos #Yr Comments
3rdBrandon LindseyOLB75SrAthletic prospect that has lined up at defensive end and outside linebacker. Moves will on the field. Shows a lot of hesitation in his game and easily blocked at the point.
3rdLucas NixG524SrUnderrated tackle prospect that’s used on the right side but seemingly has the athleticism necessary to protect the blind side. Did not improve in 2010 as we thought possible.
5thMike ShanahanWR874JrTough, dependable possession receiver best running underneath routes.
6thRay GrahamRB13Jr
7thMax GruderOLB555SrActive linebacker that best defending the run.
FAChris JacobsonG545SrTough, nasty blocker that missed almost the entire season with a knee injury.
FAJarred HolleyS184Jr
FATino SunseriQB124Jr
FAPeter AlecxihDT985Sr
FAAntwuan ReedCB224SrSize/speed prospect with an physical name. Needs to work on his overall ball skills.
FAMontee BallRB283Jr
FAMike CruzTE844Jr
FAGreg WilliamsOLB355Sr
FAMyles CarageinDT945SrFiery interior plugger with limited size.
FAZach BrownRB305SrFormer Wisconsin ball carrier that shows strength on the inside and good hands out of the backfield.
FAJordan GibbsT685Sr

SMU

Rnd Name Pos #Yr Comments
4thKelvin Beachum Jr.G704SrTerrific pass blocking college left tackle that projects the guard in the NFL. Must improve his run blocking strength yet offers a lot of potential for the next level.
6thJa’Gared DavisOLB563JrSmallish 34 linebacker that displays a lot of speed, athleticism and ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage or in pass coverage.
7thJ.J. McDermottQB155Sr
7thMargus HuntDE924JrChampion shot put and discus thrower with outstanding size as well as growth potential. Good athlete but must get stronger and learn the position yet a next level prospect that must be monitored.
FATaylor ReedILB443JrFiery run defender that makes a lot of plays in the box and up the field.
FAKyle PadronQB23JrAccurate, quarterback with a big-time arm. Needs to fine-tune the details of his position yet could be a big-time prospect moving forward.
FATaylor ThompsonDE84SrNice sized defensive end that gives effort yet has a lot of limitations.
FAJ.T. BrooksT795SrTerrific pass protector effective blocking in motion.