Future First Rounder?West Virginia has left the Big East with Syracuse and Pittsburgh soon to follow.  Meanwhile the conference welcomes back Temple, a former member once shown the door by the league.  WVU and Syracuse both put a player in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.  Here’s a look at the top prospects heading toward the 2013 event.  Rutgers, South Florida, Syracuse, Temple posted.


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
3rd Walter Stewart OLB 54 5Sr Well rounded defender that could develop into one of the top 3-4 outside linebackers if he takes his game to the next level.
6th Deven Drane S 11 3Jr
7-FA Maalik Bomar OLB 4 4Sr Slightly undersized yet athletic linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline.
FA Camerron Cheattham CB 21 5Sr Developing corner with good size and skill.
FA Scott Johnson CB 5 4Sr Smallish defensive back that gives a lot of effort against the run or defending the pass. Potential nickel for a zone system.


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
2nd Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB 5 5Sr Big, physical cornerback with a lot of upside potential. Shows the ability to shutdown opponents yet must return to form after struggling with a knee injury last season.
4th Sio Moore OLB 3 5Sr Undersized yet explosive linebacker who shows speed and play making ability in every direction of the field.
5-6 Yawin Smallwood OLB 33 3So Quick and explosive linebacker that stacks well against the run and also effectively makes plays in space.
6th Ryan Griffin TE 94 5Sr Solid tight end with a complete game. Effective blocker that also looks natural catching the ball.
7-FA Dwayne Gratz CB 24 5Sr Potential zone cornerback best facing the action.
FA Trevardo Williams DE 48 4Sr Athletic college defensive end with terrific movement skills and the ability to make plays in every direction of the field. Will get consideration at linebacker for the next level.
FA Jerome Junior S 15 5Sr King sized safetywho looks imposing on the field and flashes skill. Dismissed from the UConn program earlier this season.
FA Michael Smith WR 6 5Sr NFL rated receiver who was academically ineligible in 2011.
FA Adam Masters T 63 5Sr Versatile offensive line prospect with the ability to be used at several blocking spots.
FA Jesse Joseph DE 91 5Sr Adequate one gap defensive end that flashes ability.
FA John Delahunt TE 89 5Sr Effective blocking tight end that does a good job as a pass catcher in underneath coverage.


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
6th Mario Benavides C 55 5Sr Explosive zone blocking center effective in motion. Blocks with terrific fundamentals and outstanding with the shotgun snap. Lacks great strength and struggles finishing blocks.
FA Preston Brown ILB 2 3Jr Instinctive small area linebacker effective in space.
FA Dominique Brown RB 10 3Jr Big strong ball carrier that moves the pile and picks up the tough yardage.
FA Hakeem Smith S 29 4Jr Undersized yet tough and explosive safety that flashes a lot of skill.
FA Andrell Smith WR 14 4Sr
FA Shenard Holton S 36 4Sr


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
4th Ray Graham RB 1 4Sr Swift, elusive ball carrier with the ability to create yardage. Offers a variety of skill yet returning from a major knee injury.
4th Todd Thomas OLB 8 3So Athletic, three down linebacker that goes sideline to sideline.
6th Mike Shanahan WR 87 5Sr Tough, sure handed possession receiver that does the little things well.
FA Chris Jacobson G 54 6Sr Tough, nasty blocker that missed almost the entire ’11 season with a knee injury.  Draftable if he gets back to prior playing form.
FA Jarred Holley S 18 5Sr Aggressive safety best in the box.
FA Tino Sunseri QB 12 5Sr Solid college quarterback with limited upside for the next level.
FA Mike Cruz TE 84 5Sr Developing tight end with good size and physical skills yet very rough around the edges. Left the Pittsburgh program prior to the 2011 season and has not shown up anywhere else.


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
3rd Steve Beauharnais ILB 42 4Sr Terrific linebacker prospect that can be used in the middle or on the outside. Quick, fast and strong. Offers starting ability in a variety of NFL systems.
3-4 Logan Ryan CB 11 4Jr Well sized cornerback that displays the physical and mechanical skills to develop into a second corner on the next level.
4-5 Khaseem Greene OLB 20 5Sr Athletic defender that goes sideline to sideline. Strong against the run and flashes skill against the pass. Former safety likely to be listed at linebacker on most boards.
5th Jawan Jamison RB 23 3So Smallish yet explosive ball carrier that has some Ray Rice in his game. Large upside.
5-6 Mark Harrison WR 81 4Sr Big, possession receiver that easily wins out in battles. Has a developing game and the ability to turn into a solid third receiver at the next level.
5-6 D.C. Jefferson TE 10 5Sr Athletic tight end with the speed to stretch the seam and get downfield as a pass catcher. Flashes skill as a blocker yet must improve his football strength.
6th Michael Burton FB 46 3So Tremendous lead blocker that also stands out catching the ball out of the backfield. Will have an opportunity to see significant playing time this season.
FA Brandon Coleman WR 17 4Jr King sized receiver with a variety of skills yet an inconsistent game.
FA Jamil Merrell OLB 92 4Jr Undersized college defensive end that projects to outside linebacker. Flashes pass rush skill.
FA Brandon Jones CB 25 5Sr Developing cornerback with the ability to play nickel at the next level.
FA Andre Civil T 66 4Jr
FA Duron Harmon S 32 4Sr
FA Scott Vallone DT 94 5Sr Hard-working, interior lineman that gets the most from his ability yet has limited upside.

South Florida

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
3rd Cory Grissom DT 46 5Sr Tough, explosive space eater in the middle the line that shows the ability to get behind the line of scrimmage make plays.
7-FA Evan Landi TE 9 4Sr Tough possession receiver that consistently comes away with the difficult grab. Also effective as a blocker. Lined up at tight end last season.
FA John Lejiste S 8 5Sr Productive safety that can defend the run, shut down the pass and has shown a developing game.
FA Ryne Giddins DE 97 4Jr Slightly undersized college defensive end that shows skill as a pass rusher.
FA Demetris Murray RB 21 5Sr Nice sized ballcarrier that grinds it out on the inside and picks up a lot yardage off initial contact.
FA B.J. Daniels QB 3 5Sr Athletic quarterback with a big arm yet an undisciplined passer that must develop into an NFL signal caller.
FA Kayvon Webster CB 6 4Sr
FA Mark Popek T 74 5Sr


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
2-3 Marquis Spruill OLB 11 4Jr Three down linebacker with a tremendous future. Terrific against the run and outstanding in coverage.
5th Ryan Nassib QB 12 5Sr Accurate college passer with a live arm. Could move up draft boards with a big senior campaign.
FA Alec Lemon WR 15 4Sr Reliable pass catcher that shows the ability to make receptions down the field.
FA Brandon Sharpe DE 91 4Sr Rotational defensive and occasionally stood up over tackle.
FA Justin Pugh T 74 4Sr
FA Marcus Sales WR 5 5Sr


Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
FA Matt Brown RB 22 4Sr Small yet tough skill player that can be used as a ball carrier, pass catcher and return specialist.
FA John Youboty DE 11 5Sr Undersized yet athletic defender that makes plays in every direction. Potential 4-3/end or 3-4/outside linebacker.