TSN projects LB McKenzie as third-rounder
This week's Sporting News projects the first 100 picks in the NFL Draft, with former USF linebacker Tyrone McKenzie going in the third round with the 75th overall pick, to the Buffalo Bills. If that held up, he would be the third-highest draft pick in USF history, following cornerback Mike Jenkins (first round, 2008) and linebacker Kawika Mitchell (second round, 2003).
He's projected as the fourth player drafted from a Florida school, following FSU defensive end Everette Brown sixth, Florida receivers Percy Harvin (30th) and Louis Murphy (72nd).
Interestingly, TSN's projections have four Connecticut players going in the first 51 picks -- tackle William Beatty (32nd), cornerback Darius Butler (45th), running back Donald Brown (47th) and linebacker Cody Brown (51st). The only other schools with more than two picks in the top 51 are USC (four) and Ohio State (three).
The only other Big East first-rounder projected is Rutgers receiver Kenny Britt, projected to go 17th to the Jets.