After the 2010 NFL Draft, there were plenty of talented players headed to NFL teams that prospered on one of the Big East’s eight outstanding football programs. Here is a list of the schools, a couple of players from each of those respective schools, and what they bring to the team that drafted them.
Tony Pike, Quarterback, Carolina Panthers
Despite being buried in a promising depth chart, Pike has the skills and quarterbacking ability to find success in the NFL, whether its with the Panthers or another team. Could be one of the sleepers of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Mardy Gilyard, Wide Receiver, St. Louis Rams
Despite some questions about whether he was an NFL-caliber player, Gilyard proved in the Senior Bowl that he could be electrifying. He gives rookie quarterback Sam Bradford another target and playmaker to help bring the Rams back to prominence.
Marcus Easley, Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills
With the struggles the Bills have at quarterback, Easley will provide a little bit of relief to the passing game. Has shown glimpses of play-making ability and should fit well as a third or fourth receiver in the Bills’ spread offense.
Robert McClain, Cornerback, Carolina Panthers
With both speed and the ability to play strong man coverage, he could be a solid cornerback prospect for the future with proper coaching. Will eventually push for a spot as a nickel or dime cornerback.
Although they did not have any of their players drafted, wide receiver Scott Long was signed to the San Francisco 49ers and Jon Dempsey was signed to the Cleveland Browns and are currently competing for roster spots.
Dorin Dickerson, Tight End, Houston Texans
The Texans got a steal in Dickerson in the seventh round, as Dickerson looked to be one of the most underrated tight ends going into the draft. Has the athleticism and catching ability to thrive in the Texans big passing game.
Nate Byham, Tight End, San Francisco 49ers
In an attempt to inject some life into their running game, the 49ers add one of the best blocking tight ends in the draft to their roster. Byham can knock defenders off the ball and create big holes for Frank Gore to run through.
Anthony Davis, Offensive Tackle, San Francisco 49ers
A huge body, Davis could become the new building block for the 49ers offensive line. He should be able to immediately take over at the left tackle and provide both the passing and running game with some much-needed energy.
Devin McCourty, Cornerback, New England Patriots
Although he is a bit lacking in size and speed, McCourty has good technique and will be able to come in and contribute as a nickel corner for the Patriots. His athleticism will make him dangerous on special teams as well.
Jason Pierre-Paul, Defensive End, New York Giants
A freak athlete, JPP has a plethora of raw talent that, if utilized properly, could turn into a fearsome defensive nightmare for any opposing offense. Unfortunately, he is stuck behind a stable of excellent defensive ends.
Nate Allen, Safety, Philadelphia Eagles
With great awareness and ability to read and react, Allen will look to fill the void left behind when Brian Dawkins departed from Philadelphia. Should be able to come in and be a dominant safety from day one if he can shake the rookie jitters.
Mike Williams, Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Williams is one of the top receivers to come out of this year’s draft, and will be a key component to the Bucs offense if he can avoid off-the-field incidents. Explosive and dynamic, he can be an immediate difference-maker.
Art Jones, Defensive Tackle, Baltimore Ravens
When healthy, he can be a disruptive force on the defensive line, especially during passing situations. Will provide the Ravens with even more depth on the defensive line and could work his way into a rotation early.
Selvish Capers, Offensive Tackle, Washington Redskins
Despite being drafted in the seventh round, Capers has the ability to come in to D.C. and compete right off the bat at the right tackle spot due to his outstanding athleticism and quick feet.
So there are this years Big East prospects that are NFL-bound. With plenty of talented and promising players looking to make an impact from day one, look for the Big East to become a more highly-scouted conference in the next few years.