2012 is a transition year for the Big East. With teams coming and going, it’s hard to know which conference a prospect may come from in the future. If the Chiefs selected Dontari Poe and Jerome Long in the 2014 NFL Draft, they would have been members of the Big East. But if they select Geno Smith (like I have them doing here) they would be picking from the Big 12. Confused yet?
DE Dan Giordano 6-4 260 lbs
Dan looked good last year, but had NFL Draftee Derek Wolfe lined up next to him. This year the load is on his shoulders to create the pressure that will be missed with the absence of Wolfe. He has the skill set and drive to get it done, but I’m interested to see how he handles it.
This is a player that is overrated based on the expectations placed upon him. If he proves he is capable of creating a much needed pass rush for the Bearcats, then he deserved to be in the discussion of NFL Draft hopefuls.
DE Trevardo Williams 6-2 232 lbs
He led the Big East and ranked second nationally in sacks last year with 12.5, which is impressive. On the other hand, he is small for the position and slower than most would like.
Trevardo needs to work on his repertoire of pass rush moves to lead the Big East in sack again, because I’ll bet they have him figured out. There was a lot of bull rush and trying to beat the tackle to the outside in the games that I watched.
OG Chris Jacobson 6-3 295 lbs
Chris was considered a mid-round prospect going into what would have been his redshirt senior season, in 2011. He hurt his knee in September last year, sitting out the remainder of the season. He was granted a 6th year by the NCAA for 2012.
Jacobson is only overrated because of the injury. Some places still have him as a mid-round prospect, even though we aren’t sure how the knee will hold up. The talent is there for him to validate the ranking, but the recovery is the big question.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
DT Scott Vallone 6-3 275 lbs
The fact that Vallone is talked about as a draftable player confuses me. He is small, slow and doesn’t seem to use, or have much quickness to his game. I would say he could change positions to defensive end, but don’t see him holding up on the outside in a 3-4 defense.
Scott could make a roster on special teams, more than likely. He seems like he would be a willing blocker on punt and kick return teams, but I can’t see much else here.
South Florida Bulls
DE Ryne Giddins 6-3 260 lbs
Ryne has a hype train surrounding him within certain circles. He has done a few things to earn it, though. After 2 solid seasons, he was rewarded last year with a spot on the All-Big east 2nd team defense.
When watching him, I see a player that has the ability to be a star. But, Ryne hasn’t found the consistency to get to that level. He tends to get driven back, a lot and guesses a little too much. He’s only a junior and these issues can be corrected.
The spelling of the first name earns points with me, as Ryne Sandberg is one of my all-time favorite baseball players. I seriously doubt that any of you care about that.