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USF’s draft drought should be short-lived

Way-too-early projections indicate the Bulls could have three or more players drafted in ’20
USF Bulls running back Jordan Cronkrite (2) runs the ball for an 80 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against East Carolina Pirates Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 in Tampa. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Published Apr. 29

A word of consolation to Bulls fans still bummed over their team's draft-weekend drought: No relapse is expected.

Early indications suggest the 2020 NFL draft could be one of USF’s most prosperous ever, perhaps even challenging 2010, when a program-record five Bulls were selected.

One way-too-early ’20 mock draft, which spans all seven rounds, has three Bulls getting chosen: cornerback Mike Hampton (Broncos, second round), tight end Mitch Wilcox (Falcons, fifth) and tailback Jordan Cronkrite (Dolphins, sixth).

Overlooked in that mock-up is veteran right tackle Marcus Norman, who almost certainly would’ve been a viable draft prospect had he come out this year; and quarterback Blake Barnett, who totaled more than 3,000 yards last season and could flourish in new coordinator Kerwin Bell’s system.

No Bulls player was chosen this past weekend, perhaps representing a bleak byproduct of a 2018 season that ended with Coach Charlie Strong suspending or dismissing several players and firing four coaches.

So far, only three ’18 seniors have been invited to try out at upcoming rookie mini-camps: slot receiver Tyre McCants (Rams), cornerback Mazzi Wilkins (Bucs) and offensive lineman Eric Mayes (49ers).

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.

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