NFL Draft 2010: Where is Selvie projected?
With analysis from this weekend's NFL Draft dying down, some sites are already looking ahead to 2010 and offering up extremely early mock drafts to get a sense of how next year's first round might look.
For USF fans, the question is where defensive end George Selvie will be taken -- having been projected as a potential first-rounder last fall, Selvie opted to return for his senior year after being told by the NFL's underclassmen advisory board that he didn't necessarily project as a first-day pick.
SI.com's Andrew Perloff offers up what he calls an "absurdly early" 2010 mock first round -- the most amusing thing at first glance might be that he has the Buccaneers picking third overall. Perloff has Selvie going 26th to the Arizona Cardinals, which would make him USF's second-ever first-rounder, following cornerback Mike Jenkins in 2008.
Selvie is the only first-rounder from the Big East in SI.com's mock, with four Gators projected in the first 17 picks -- corner Joe Haden, quarterback Tim Tebow, defensive end Carlos Dunlap and linebacker Brandon Spikes. In all, he has 13 SEC players in his projected first round.
-- Fanhouse.com has Selvie sneaking into the first round of its mock, going 30th -- kudos to them for not being so silly as to also project the draft order, since that's a ridiculous challenge unto itself. Again, he's the only Big East first-rounder, but remember that not many of us thought much of Donald Brown this time last year, either.
-- ESPN.com's Mel Kiper doesn't have a mock first round, but he's ranked the top five rising seniors at each position -- he has Selvie as the fourth-best defensive end. Only other Big East players in his top fives are Cincinnati QB Tony Pike (fifth among QBs), Bearcats receiver Mardy Gilyard (third) and Syracuse defensive tackle Arthur Jones (fourth).
-- CBSsports.com's Chad Reuter, identifying the top draft prospects for 2010, has Selvie listed among his "late first-early second" prospects. He has Cincy's Gilyard and Syracuse's Jones as second-rounders, with Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis and Pittsburgh defensive end Greg Romeus among the top underclassmen who could potentially enter the draft.
-- NFLdraftsite.com has Selvie going seventh to the Raiders in its 2010 mock, and ambitiously has USF safety Nate Allen in the first round, going 23rd. Allen's best play came in 2007 when he had two draft picks at cornerback in front of him, so he'll have to show improvement from a quiet 2008 if he is to be drafted anywhere near the first round. The site is crazy enough to project all seven rounds, and they have quarterback Matt Grothe as a fifth-round pick. After seeing prolific college quarterbacks like Chase Daniel and Graham Harrell go undrafted this year, Grothe will have to show something this fall to be a draft pick.
-- NFLdraftdog.com puts Selvie 12th, going to the Packers as the Big East's only first-rounder.
-- Draft site Walterfootball.com has a '10 mock, with Selvie going 20th to the Dolphins; Syracuse's Jones also cracks his first round.