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Kiper projects USF's Pierre-Paul No. 11 to Jags

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ESPN's NFL draft guru, Mel Kiper Jr., has unveiled his first mock draft for 2010, and he has USF junior defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul going with the No. 11 pick to the Jaguars.

"Pierre-Paul could be the Mario Williams of this draft class, a raw talent but one with remarkable athleticism and an incredible burst off the line," Kiper writes. "Could be a terror for QBs in the future and maybe he's local enough for some."

Kiper has the Bucs taking Tennessee safety Eric Berry with the third pick, with Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh going No. 1 to the Rams. The first Big East player taken is Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis (eighth to the Raiders), and he has three Gators in the first round, but no Tim Tebow.

-- Asked which school has made the biggest upgrade at the coaching position, The Sporting News' Matt Hayes picks USF.

"Skip Holtz proved at both Connecticut and East Carolina that he knows how to build and sustain success," Hayes writes. "He's a terrific teacher and motivator, and his steady and strict philosophy will be perfect for a team full of talent—but completely lacking consistent direction under former coach Jim Leavitt . The Bulls won't tank in the second half of the season like the previous three seasons and won't be so maddeningly unprepared in key Big East games. Here's your sleeper in the Big East next fall."

-- The Times' Tom Jones compares Holtz to other coaches hired this offseason.

-- Good writeup on new USF defensive assistant Mark Snyder from the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail. The story suggests that Snyder will not only be defensive coordinator, but may carry the title of "assistant head coach" as well.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:58pm]

    

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