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Pittsburgh junior RB Isaac Bennett "exhibits only marginal burst and lacks top-end speed," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

A 13-game starter as a sophomore, Bennett collected 797 rushing yards (4.7 ypc) and caught 10 passes for 58 yards last year. "Demonstrates quick feet, toughness and good hands out of the backfield, but exhibits only marginal burst and lacks top-end speed to pull away," Stephens wrote. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Bennett runs only a 4.74 forty, which won't hack it at the next level.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 26 - 4:22 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes Pittsburgh redshirt senior OLB Todd Thomas "has the natural talent to compete for an NFL roster spot."

Thomas collected 72 tackles, six TFLs and two QB hurries as a junior last season. Praised by Stephens for his athletic ability, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Thomas runs a 4.68 forty. He enters his senior campaign having made 23 career starts on the weakside.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 26 - 2:33 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes that "with continued demonstration of versatility and consistency" Pittsburgh red shirt senior S Ray Vinopal "could earn him a chance" to be drafted.

"Vinopal's instincts, awareness and overall fundamentals are solid, and he demonstrates good timing and anticipation to make plays on the ball, but his lack of size and speed could hurt his draft prospects. A continued demonstration of versatility and consistency could earn him a chance though," Stephens wrote. The 5-foot-10, 200 pound safety earned an All-ACC Honorable Mention in 2013, starting in all 13 games for the Panthers. Vinopal was the Panthers second leading tackler with 83 tackles, while adding a sack and three tackles for loss. The Pittsburgh prospect had six pass breakups and led the Panthers with three interceptions.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 23 - 4:10 PM

With a strong senior season, Pittsburgh red shirt senior OT T.J. Clemmings "could be a guy who rises rapidly leading up to the draft," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

He shows good natural flexibility in his lower half to bend on contact, and as a run blocker can fire through to the second level where he has the ability to square up and target effectively in space. He needs to improve hand placement as a pass-blocker, and will drop his shoulder and head on contact at times, but the athleticism and ability to pick things up quickly are both apparent. Could be a guy who rises rapidly leading up to the draft, with a strong senior season," Stephens wrote. The 6-foot-6, 315 pound tackle began his career at defensive end, and finally made the transition to tackle later in the 2012 season. In his first full season on the offensive line, Clemmings started all 13 games for the Panthers in 2013 at right tackle.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 23 - 3:53 PM

Pitt redshirt junior DE Ejuan Price will miss the 2014 season due to a chest injury.

Price apparently tore a pectoral muscle during summer workouts and will undergo surgery to repair the injury. The redshirt junior only played in six games last season after a back issue kept him out for the second half of the year. Price was expected to be a starter.
Source: ESPN
Jul 16 - 2:09 PM

Cowboys selected Pittsburgh WR Devin Street with the No. 146 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Street (6-foot-2 5/8, 198) started 40 games for the Panthers, setting a school record for receptions (202), and parlaying them into 2,901 yards (14.4 YPR) with 16 scores. He ran a pedestrian 4.55 forty at the Combine, albeit shining in the vertical (37 1/2") and broad (10'2") jumps. Already 23 and considered something of a diva, Street carries bust factor despite generally impressive tools. He has long arms (33 3/8") and reliable hands, but lacks deep speed and isn't physical enough to dominate the short to intermediate sections. Terrance Williams' starting job remains secure.
May 10 - 2:45 PM

Texans selected Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage with the No. 135 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Savage (6-foot-4 1/4, 228) was originally a four-star recruit to Rutgers, but lost his starting job to someone named Chas Dodd and transferred to Arizona. 'Cats coach Rich Rodriguez's spread-option offense didn't suit Savage, so he transferred yet again, finally landing on his feet at Pitt. He started one season for the Panthers, compiling a 21:9 TD-to-INT ratio and 61.2% completion rate. His career record was 17-11. Savage was a college underachiever, but possesses NFL-caliber arm strength and size, and pro evaluators are more concerned with traits than college stats. He's a 24-year-old project. Savage was awarded with plenty of buzz and ultimately landed in the fourth-round. He has a ways to go, but Bill O'Brien might be a believer.
May 10 - 2:32 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt ranks Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage as the top-available prospect heading into Day 3.

Brandt listed Savage as the No. 42 overall prospect heading into Thursday night. Brandt sees Stanford OT Cameron Fleming, Alabama QB AJ McCarron, Utah CB Keith McGill and Arizona State LB Carl Bradford rounding out the best player available list. Other players of note who haven't been selected include Clemson WR Martavis Bryant, South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington, Georgia QB Aaron Murray and LSU QB Zach Mettenberger.
Source: NFL.com
May 10 - 12:05 AM

Rams selected Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Donald (6-foot 7/8, 288) was a dominant interior penetrator at Pitt, earning the Outland, Nagurski, Bednarik, and Rotary Lombardi awards in addition to ACC Defensive POY as a senior. He registered 28.5 TFLs, 11 sacks, and four forced fumbles in 2013. Donald is smallish in stature, but shoots gaps with quick-twitch explosion, clocking a 4.68 forty and 9-foot-8 broad jump at the Combine before pumping 35 reps on the bench. He is a three-technique tackle and should begin causing interior disruption as soon as he steps on an NFL field. St. Louis' defensive line is insanely loaded with Chris Long and Robert Quinn on the ends, and Donald now playing next to NT Michael Brockers.
May 8 - 9:36 PM

Former NFL and Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage, whom he coached in college, has the pocket fearlessness required of a good NFL QB.

"He's big, he's strong, and the biggest thing is he's tough. He stands in there and takes a hit. And that's what it is in that league. You're going to stand in there, and you're going to get it off just in the nick of time, then you're going to get hit," Schiano said on Tuesday's NFL Total Access' NFL Draft Preview. "He showed that as a freshman. I think he's got all the tools. He did sit out awhile. But I like that as a head coach. I say 'He's got a lot of improving to do, but he's a pretty darned good quarterback right now.'" Savage will likely hear his name called in the first half of Round 2, though NFL Media analyst Charles Davis suggested he might go in the first round. Schiano added: "The thing I loved most about him is he loves the game of football. He's going to live it. He's going to be in your building, he's going to be studying, grinding, that's the kind of guy I wanted leading our football team."
Source: NFL.com
May 6 - 10:17 PM

ESPN NFL insider Adam Caplan does not expect the Vikings to select a QB at No. 8 overall.

Instead, Caplan predicts the team will select a defensive player, either a defensive lineman or a corner. Pitt's Aaron Donald has been linked to the Vikings recently, but we would be surprised if he is still on the board. The team could attempt to trade up for Khalil Mack.
May 6 - 9:36 AM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah hears Minnesota is eying Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald at No. 8.

The MMQB's Peter King reported earlier Monday that the Vikings wanted a "front-seven disruptor" at No. 8. Donald is undoubtedly that, an undersized terror who lives in the opponent's backfield, though this year's wildly unpredictable draft makes it impossible to know where he'll be selected.
May 5 - 7:38 PM

The Vikings are hoping to draft a front-seven disruptor at No. 8, according to the MMQB's Peter King.

King notes Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald comes to mind, but we think he will be gone by the pick. Every team can use Donald's tendency of creating interior disruption. Ra'Shede Hageman could be the next best prospect who has upfield skills, but his comes in flashes. "The Vikings are more inclined than ever to get their quarterback out of a bottlenecked group of passers at No. 40 in the second round," King adds.
Source: The MMQB
May 5 - 10:28 AM

ESPN Raiders' reporter Paul Gutierrez notes that, while the Raiders have interest in Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald, he believes the No.5 spot may be too high for Donald.

"No. 5 might be too rich for the Raiders' blood, but if they are able to trade back a few spots and Donald is still there, it would not shock me at all to see the Raiders strike," Gutierrez wrote. If Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack, and Watkins are all off the table, the Raiders could either go quarterback or look Mike Evans way. If they get an offer to trade down and still are in shape to land Donald, it would be a win-win for the silver and black.
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 8:05 PM

Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage throws the ball as well as anybody in the draft, according to NFL Media Analayst Mike Mayock.

That said, Mayock doesn't think he has a chance of going in Round 1 and pegs Savage as a third- or fourth-rounder. Industry sentiment has moved Savage into the second round, so it appears likely that the fast riser will transcend Mayock's expectations.
Source: NFL.com
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