April 29, 2013

Another Pitt Free Draft

Filed under: Draft,Football,NFL — Chas @ 10:53 am

Kind of depressing, but it sure puts the back-to-back 6-7 records into context. No Pitt players heard their name called in the NFL Draft this weekend. This was not terribly surprising.

There have been, and are good players on this team. But a lack of excellent ones. Factor in the crushing injuries, and there weren’t been any surefire NFL prospects wearing the Blue and Gold the last couple of years.

I am not sure how much of that has been missing in recruiting, and the constant churn in coaches that may have stagnated/crushed the development of some players. Likely some mixture of both, but I have no idea on the percentages.

That said, Ray Graham will get his shot to show how healthy his knee is with the Houston Texans.

Mike Shanahan will have his chance to transition to TE in the pros with the New York Jets (sans a Tebow presence).

Ryan Turnley will try to make it with the Buffalo Bills. While on the small side, his versatility on the offensive line can only help his chances of sticking around.

Tight end Hubie Graham and his many injuries will get a chance with Tampa Bay. Just speculation, but I’m thinking that TB HC Greg Schiano remembers the potential Graham once had before injuries and transfers made him entirely forgotten.

It’s also been reported that Jarred Holley will get a tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers at their first undrafted free agent camp next week.

I guess we are really strectching for positive Pitt headlines these days when the most we can brag about is Darrell Strong going back to earn his degree.

Comment by Coach Ditka 04.29.13 @ 11:22 am

Really thought Graham would be a late round draft pick.

A year ago before the knee injury, he was the second leading rusher in the nation.

Still think he’s going to make a place for himself in the NFL if his knee is completely healed and stays that way. Pitt fans are well aware of his uncanny ability to make tacklers miss and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Not to mention his toughness.

Do realize his limitations in regard to straight-line speed. But, if McCoy can be an NFL star, Graham certainly has the ability to be an NFL player.

Comment by PittofDreams 04.29.13 @ 11:23 am

Here’s a Pitt positive… no new arrest reports.

It’s a good day.

Comment by PittofDreams 04.29.13 @ 11:25 am

PittofDreams, Its only lunch time.

Comment by Coach Ditka 04.29.13 @ 11:33 am

surprised Jacobsen didn’t get an invite, much like his high school teammate, Myles Caregyn didn’t get one

Comment by wbb 04.29.13 @ 11:34 am

No Tino?

Comment by HbgFrank 04.29.13 @ 11:45 am

It will be interesting to see as time goes on and we get deeper into the PC program, just what impact the strength and conditioning program has on player development. I’ve heard from some ex-players who are free to talk the current coach over S&C is a negative. There is a glaring silence when the subject comes up with current players. I think by the fact that guys go elsewhere to be trained and work out when they get the chance speaks volumes.

Comment by TheCat 04.29.13 @ 12:17 pm

Tino was invited to work at the Kennywood Potato Patch.

Comment by Coach Ditka 04.29.13 @ 1:05 pm

Heard that from ex-players in the program as well, TheCat.

Graham’s S&C coach perceived as better.

Comment by steve1 04.29.13 @ 1:17 pm

actually just heard on The Fan no more than 2 minutes ago that Tino was invited to Ravens’ camp .. no doubt Harbaugh is aware of his legacy

Comment by wbb 04.29.13 @ 1:29 pm

I have a better chance to be cold-called by NASA with an invitation to join its manned space flight program than Tino the Magnificent has to make an NFL roster.

Comment by Imma Man! Im 40! 04.29.13 @ 6:31 pm

Please guys, I have a weak stomach, can we change the subject to something other than our previous QB? Anything less nauseating will do.

Comment by Dr. Tom 04.29.13 @ 6:57 pm

lol wbb

That must have been the Ravens thanking Pitt for not playing Flacco. He gets to go to Delaware and the rest is History.

And Harbaugh prolly knows Sal.

Comment by EMel 04.29.13 @ 11:36 pm

Shoot forward, late August 2013. Ravens have a rash of injuries at the QB position and one Santino Sunseri is the Ravens starting QB, opening day 2013.

Comment by EMel 04.29.13 @ 11:38 pm

My apologies Dr. Tom !

Comment by EMel 04.29.13 @ 11:39 pm

Shout out to Eric Kush out of little Cal U for being the 170th pick he was a wpial kid and I work with his dad so its pretty cool. Might need to get me a Kansas city jersey

Comment by carey 04.30.13 @ 12:15 am

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