More mocks agree: Pierre-Paul 16th to Titans
The NFL draft is now two weeks away -- not sure how the new format spread over three days will work -- but with another wave of mock drafts coming out, the analysts have reached near agreement that USF defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will go 16th to the Tennessee Titans.
The latest offering from ESPN's two-headed monster of Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay has both models agreeing on JPP -- one of only three picks outside the top four they agree on. Kiper notes that he could see Jacksonville taking him at No. 10.
NFL.com's Charles Davis also has Pierre-Paul going 16th, and SI.com's Don Banks has a new mock with Pierre-Paul eighth to Oakland and USF safety Nate Allen going 27th to the Cowboys.Foxsports.com's Peter Schrager drops Pierre-Paul down to No. 19 to the Falcons, with Allen going 50th to the Chiefs, cornerback Jerome Murphy going 69th to the Raiders and receiver Carlton Mitchell 73rd to the Dolphins.
-- USAtoday.com has a panel of eight writers each making their own first-round projections, with guesses all over the board -- two have him going to the Titans at 16th, two sending him 10th to the Jaguars, one seventh to the Browns, one 17th to the 49ers, one 19th to the Falcons and one 24th to the Eagles. One of the eight has Allen going 27th to the Cowboys.
-- CBSsports.com has four mock drafts, and three of them match Pierre-Paul with the Titans, with Pete Prisco sharing Kiper's pick of him going eighth to the Raiders.
-- Not sure why he says Pierre-Paul has "only eight games at the Div. I level" but NFL.com's Gil Brandt puts Pierre-Paul in his second tier of draft prospects, not in the top 10 but in his top 20. He's down on the rest of USF's draft prospects, with no other Bulls in his top 50. Murphy shows up in his 50s, Allen in his 70s and Mitchell doesn't make his top 100.
-- He points out himself that Allen doesn't necessarily fit the list, but this Bleacher Report writer includes Allen among "five guys no one is talking about."
-- Not draft related, but Yahoo.com's Tom Dienhart, running through the best assistant-coach hires in football, includes USF's Todd Fitch and Mark Snyder among the Big East's best hires.
-- Congratulations to two new arrivals at USF's athletic department -- tight ends coach Larry Scott and his wife welcomed daughter Journey into the world on Wednesday, and assistant athletic director Ayo Taylor-Dixon and his wife had daughter Isabelle early Thursday morning. Two proud dads -- between them and first-time grandpa Doug Woolard, it's going to be hard to find any Bulls onesies in town ...