The 2010 Scouting Combine is finally here and the prospective new NFL players will get their chance to show what they got in front of over 600 NFL personnel including head coaches, general managers and scouts.
A total of 329 draft-eligible players were invited to the event, and USF has six former players participating in the NFL Combine. Safety Nate Allen, receiver Carlton Mitchell, cornerback Jerome Murphy, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, defensive end George Selvie and linebacker Kion Wilson.
The six Bulls at Indianapolis are the most ever for USF, and twice the amount of players invited to the combine by any other Big East football team.
For six days from Feb. 24 to March 2, the players are put through a series of drills, tests and interviews at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with hopes of impressing and boosting their draft stock.
The activities open with pre-physical exams and x-rays as well as interviews with NFL team personnel. Then they undergo measurements (height, weight, arms & hands), physical exams, and continue interviews with NFL team personnel, a meeting with the NFL Players Association, along with additional time for team interviews. Also featured are workouts that include the 40-yard dash, 3-cone drill, 20-yard and 60-yard shuttles, bench press, vertical jump and broad jump.
USF has five defensive players, two defensive ends, two defensive backs, and one linebacker, and one wide receiver working out at the combine.
Here are the six USF players at the combine, and Scout.com’s draft grade on each.
Nate Allen Safety (6-1-206) Rating: 5-Star, Rank: 4, Grade 87
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
Nate Allen finished the 2009 season with 85 tackles and four interceptions, also a tackle for loss, four pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble, and returned a blocked field goal 75 yard for a touchdown. Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on three occasions during his career, and registered nine career interceptions, which ranks fourth in the USF record books
Carlton Mitchell Receiver (6’3-212) Rating: 4-Star, Rank: 13
Draft Projection: 2nd-4nd Round
Carlton Mitchell is the Bulls lone offensive player at Indy after deciding to forego his senior season and declared for the NFL Draft. Carlton played in 11 games, starting 10 times, missing time due an ankle injury, but still finished the 2009 season with 40 catches for 706 yards and four touchdowns, averaged 17.6 yards per catch and breaking the USF records for receiving yards in a season. He finished his career with1648 receiving yards and nine touchdown passes.
Jerome Murphy Corner (6’0.5-191) Rating: 4-Star, Rank: 16
Draft Projection: 4th Round
Jerome Murphy finished the 2009 season named to All-BIG EAST First Team by Phil Steele. Murphy started all 13 games and finished third on the team with 77 tackles and tied for the team lead with four interceptions. Also had eight pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Played in 52 career games, the most ever by a USF player finishing his career with 8 interceptions, 202 tackles, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.
Jason Pierre-Paul Defensive End (6-6-265) Rating 5-star, Rank 4, Grade: 92
Draft Projection: 1st Round
Jason Pierre-Paul, at 6-foot-6, 265 pounds, is an intriguing, raw pass rushing prospect who has tremendous athleticism, and versatility. Pierre-Paul’s imposing frame, unique quickness, an explosive first step helped with breakthrough junior season where he recorded 45 tackles, 16.5 for a loss, 6.5 sacks and an interception that he returned for a score. Known for his YouTube video where he did a sequence of 13 back flips as part of a challenge with his South Florida teammates. He has become one of the most talked about players in the draft and likely to be USF’s highest ever drafted players.
George Selvie Defensive End (6’4-245) Rating: 4-star, Rank: 8, Grade: 87
Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round
George Selvie, the only two-time All-American in USF history emerged on the scene as a freshman and then exploded as sophomore when he had 31.5 tackles for a loss and 14.5 sacks. In 2009 he finished second on the team with 9.5 tackles for loss and third with 3.5 sacks, and also forced a fumble and recovered one. Selvie was a semi-finalist for every major national defensive award, and is the NCAA active career leader in tackles for loss and among the top five in sacks. Finished his career with 69.5 tackles for loss, and was just 5.5 shy of tying the NCAA career record, and also had 29 career sacks.
Kion Wilson Linebacker (6’0-235) Rating: 3-Star, Rank: 12
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round
Kion Wilson was a First Team ALL-BIG EAST selection by the BIG EAST Coaches, ESPN.com, and Phil Steele after leading USF with 105 tackles in 2009, and was third with nine tackles for loss, also had one sack, one force fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception and one pass breakup. Wilson was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and CollegeFootballPerformance.com co-National Linebacker of the Week after registering an interception, 2.5 tackles for loss and a game-high 12 tackles in USF's 30-19 win over No. 20 West Virginia. Finished his two-year career at USF with 171 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, and was also invited to play in the Shrine game.