Pierre-Paul checking with NFL on draft stock
USF junior defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has submitted his name to the NFL’s advisory board for underclassmen to get a better idea of where he might be selected if he entered the 2010 draft, coach Jim Leavitt said Thursday.
Pierre-Paul, selected by Big East coaches as a first-team all-conference pick after a breakout first season with the Bulls, has been projected as a potential first-round pick by ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
Pierre-Paul, 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, led the Bulls with 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in his first year of major college football, finishing with better numbers than two-time All-American George Selvie.
A year ago, it was Selvie who submitted his name to the NFL's advisory panel, and after being told he wasn't likely to be taken in the first two rounds, he returned for his senior season.
Will Pierre-Paul do the same? Could Pierre-Paul really work his way into the first round after just one season of major college football? He has until Jan. 15 to make a decision about testing the draft waters or returning for his senior year with the Bulls ...
CHANCE TO SHINE: Four USF seniors are now committed to play in postseason showcase games, with Selvie, safety Nate Allen and cornerback Jerome Murphy playing in the Senior Bowl in Mobile and linebacker Kion Wilson expected to play in the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando.