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.


Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
3rd Brandon Lindsey OLB 7 5Sr Athletic 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.
3rd Lucas Nix G 52 4Sr Underrated 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.
5th Mike Shanahan WR 87 4Jr Tough, dependable possession receiver best running underneath routes.
6th Ray Graham RB 1 3Jr
7th Max Gruder OLB 55 5Sr Active linebacker that best defending the run.
FA Chris Jacobson G 54 5Sr Tough, nasty blocker that missed almost the entire season with a knee injury.
FA Jarred Holley S 18 4Jr
FA Tino Sunseri QB 12 4Jr
FA Peter Alecxih DT 98 5Sr
FA Antwuan Reed CB 22 4Sr Size/speed prospect with an physical name. Needs to work on his overall ball skills.
FA Montee Ball RB 28 3Jr
FA Mike Cruz TE 84 4Jr
FA Greg Williams OLB 35 5Sr
FA Myles Caragein DT 94 5Sr Fiery interior plugger with limited size.
FA Zach Brown RB 30 5Sr Former Wisconsin ball carrier that shows strength on the inside and good hands out of the backfield.
FA Jordan Gibbs T 68 5Sr


Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
4th Kelvin Beachum Jr. G 70 4Sr Terrific 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.
6th Ja’Gared Davis OLB 56 3Jr Smallish 34 linebacker that displays a lot of speed, athleticism and ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage or in pass coverage.
7th J.J. McDermott QB 15 5Sr
7th Margus Hunt DE 92 4Jr Champion 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.
FA Taylor Reed ILB 44 3Jr Fiery run defender that makes a lot of plays in the box and up the field.
FA Kyle Padron QB 2 3Jr Accurate, quarterback with a big-time arm. Needs to fine-tune the details of his position yet could be a big-time prospect moving forward.
FA Taylor Thompson DE 8 4Sr Nice sized defensive end that gives effort yet has a lot of limitations.
FA J.T. Brooks T 79 5Sr Terrific pass protector effective blocking in motion.