Links: Revisiting Selvie, draft from a year ago
Go back a year, and as the NFL draft gurus were wildly projecting the 2010 draft a year ahead, nearly all had USF defensive end George Selvie as a first-round pick. I feel a need to heap praise upon SI.com's Andrew Perloff, who nearly a full year before the draft, perfectly nailed Sam Bradford going to the Rams and Gerald McCoy going third to the Bucs. (Update: Coincidentally, Perloff has his super-early 2011 mock draft out. Congrats, Bucs fans, he has you picking No. 2. And NFLdraftscout.com's Rob Rang offers his.)
Perhaps one of you can unearth a link, but I remember in the fall of 2007, during his absolute peak, that someone had labeled Selvie as a potential top-five-overall pick. Again, that doesn't mean he would have ever gone that high -- remember that the NFL's advisory board for underclassmen last year told Selvie he wasn't necessarily a first-day pick, back when that meant the first two rounds.
That reminds me that people are already looking ahead to the 2011 NFL draft -- CBSsports.com has a full database of potential '11 draft picks. They generously include 11 USF players (though that counts Mike Ford and Zach Hermann) and the Bull with the highest positional ranking is defensive end Craig Marshall, rated as the No. 9 defensive end -- that translated to the second round in this draft in a strong class of pass rushers. Center Sampson Genus is next-highest; let's just say I don't think Dontavia Bogan will rank as the No. 132 receiver in the country by next year's draft.
-- ESPN.com's Mel Kiper his top five returning players at each position -- I'm linking, though it's premium Insider content. No USF players make the cut, and only five from the Big East are in there. West Virginia's Noel Devine is the No. 2 running back, Cincinnati's Armon Binns is his No. 2 receiver (!), Pittsburgh has the No. 3 defensive end in Greg Romeus and No. 4 offensive tackle in Jason Pinkston, and Syracuse has the No. 4 punter in Rob Long (insert easy joke here). First Big East player drafted in 2011? My money would be on Pitt receiver Jonathan Baldwin, a rising junior.
-- Mockingthedraft.com has their top 75 draft prospects -- the Big East has Baldwin (13), Romeus (18), Binns (26) and Devine (58). Florida and Miami, who play host to the Bulls this fall, have three each in there.
-- Basketball, for a moment. A very thorough analysis of USF guard Dominique Jones and how his skills might translate at the NBA level from Jonathan Givony of Draftexpress.com.
-- Really cool video from ESPN's Sports Science breaking down the physics of Jason Pierre-Paul's penchant for doing back-handsprings -- claims that his body absorbs 800 pounds of force with each handspring, which totals up to more than 18,000 pounds in less than 30 seconds when he does his personal high of 23 of 'em in a row. Me, I max out at like 15.
-- SI.com's Peter King, running through his draft analysis, writes that "a few personnel types I spoke with over the weekend though Philly overpicked in a few spots, especially safety Nate Allen of South Florida at 37."
-- Remember when Dexter McCluster was a USF commitment? Wild to think about him being another potential draft pick had he signed with the Bulls in 2006 ...
-- USF football signee Terrence "T-Rex" Mitchell won district titles in the 100 meters, 400 meters and long jump -- up next is regionals this week, then the state championships.