Big East: Top 2012 Draft Prospects

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Say hello to one of the best WR's in the 2012 NFL Draft class that you haven't heard of.

The Big East is the fourth conference that we’ve previewed so far for the upcoming 2011 NCAA Football season. We’re giving you the best 2012 NFL Draft prospect on each team.

Cincinnati
Isaiah Pead, RB (5-10/200)

Pead has some legitimate homerun speed – but he needs to learn to use his blockers better if he wants to succeed at the next level. His 6.6 average last year was certainly eye-catching. Expect him to be on a lot of Top 100 lists.

Connecticut
Moe Petrus, OC (6-2/295)

Petrus has a ton of experience on lines that have produced some top-flight stats for their running backs. His versatility, having played guard in the past, will also look good for NFL teams.

Louisville
Josh Chichester, TE (6-8/254)

Chichester has done a lot of growing up, physically and personally, in the last few years. His unique physique, leaping ability, and basketball skills will prompt quite a few intrigued glances from NFL teams needing a red-zone threat.

Pittsburgh
Lucas Nix, OL (6-5/310)

Nix is a smart, mechanical, swift-footed pass blocker that is only a bit of strength from being an elite offensive line prospect. His run blocking will not be NFL-ready until he gets stronger at the point of attack.

Rutgers
Mohamed Sanu, WR (6-2/215)

Sanu is a physical specimen that uses his strength very effectively. He has experience as a RB, Wildcat QB, and WR at Rutgers, although his future is certainly at the receiver position. He could easily be a top 50 pick in 2012 or a top 15 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

South Florida
Jerrell Young, S (6-1/210)

Young is a late-round option that can play either safety position. He isn’t the fastest guy out there, but his instincts have seemingly improved each year.

Syracuse
Justin Pugh, OL (6-5/300)

Pugh probably won’t enter the 2012 NFL Draft, but we didn’t really see anything but UDFA’s on the rest of the Orangemen roster. Pugh has the ability to grow into a solid NFL tackle.

West Virginia
Bruce Irvin, LB (6-2/245)

Irvin is a strong, hard-hitting, pass-rush option with energy and tenacity to spare. He’ll get some first-round looks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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