Thursday, July 8, 2010

You kiddin' me? Five first rounders

The NFL scouts will be banging on the University of Pittsburgh South Side Complex door come this Fall and through next Spring. Pitt has the potential of having 5 first round selections in the 2011 NFL Draft. How can this be? 2 seniors have first round grades by National going into their senior season. They are the bookend Defensive Ends Greg Romeus, 6'5"/267 and Jabaal Sheard, 6'3"/260. Then another Senior Jason Pinkston 6'3.5"/312 OT/OG from Pittsburgh, PA Baldwin High School has a high level 2nd round grade. Pinkston has lots of upside to position himself into the first round. Where do the other 2 first rounders come into play. They are 3rd year Junior Jonathan Baldwin 6'5"/230 wide out from Aliquippa H.S. who has a great future and if he decides to test the waters of the NFL draft, he may be a top 20 choice. The last guy is Sophomore Running Back Dion Lewis. Lewis attended Blair Academy in New Jersey before enrolling at Pitt so he will have 3 seasons out of high school which makes him eligible for the draft. Wow! Lewis is a very explosive running back who has excellent acceleration, change of direction and runs with power. This Western Pennsylvania region back 3 and 4 decades used to pump Offensive Linemen into the NFL. During the 2009 NFL season, only 1 Western PA Offensive lineman was active in the entire league. That Guy was South Park High School's Reggie Wells who had a stellar career at Clarion U of PA and started in Arizona's Super Bowl loss to the Steelers. Let's give credit to Dave Wannstedt and his coaching staff for recruiting some very talented players to attend Pitt.

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