Pitt NFL draft prospects

Tom Savage

Position: Quarterback

Draft projection: Second or third round

Skinny: One of the fastest risers in this draft. Some projections have him going early in the second round. Has big arm that NFL coaches covet. College development was stalled by two transfers. Played only one season at Pitt and was hurt by playing behind a porous offensive line. Told NFL executives at the NFL combine he regretted transferring from Rutgers after losing his starting job when he was a sophomore. He said he wished he would have stuck it out and competed to get his job back. That decision led him to Arizona, where he never played, and then to Pitt, where he had to sit out a year before throwing for 2,958 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior in 2013. A prototypical pocket passer who does not have the mobility to extend plays.

Devin Street

Position: Wide receiver

Draft projection: Fourth or fifth round

Skinny: Street set the school record for most career receptions with 202, including 51 for 804 yards in 2013 when he missed three games due to injuries. Had a more productive junior season (73 catches for 975 yards). Performed well at the NFL combine and even better at Pitt’s pro day, when he was timed between 4.47 and 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, quelling some concerns about his speed. Other concern is his slight build (6-3, 198). Hurt by the fact that this is one of the deepest receiver pools in years, but his height and production still make him attractive in the mid to late rounds.

Jason Hendricks

Position: Safety

Draft projection: Free agent

Skinny: Started 37 games in his college career and led the Panthers in tackles as a senior in 2013. Ranked among the NCAA leaders as a junior with six interceptions. Lacks ideal size and speed, but should get invited to a camp based on his college credentials and playmaking ability.

Tyrone Ezell

Position: Defensive lineman

Draft projection: Free agent

Skinny: Steel Valley High School graduate started 24 games at nose tackle the past two seasons. At 6-3 and 310 pounds, he looks the part but needs to develop more strength. Only bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times at Pitt’s pro day. By contrast, teammate Aaron Donald, who lined up next to him on the defensive line, did 35 reps at the NFL combine.

K’waun Williams

Position: Cornerback

Draft projection: Free agent

Skinny: Three-year starter who had seven career interceptions. At 5-9, 183, lacks ideal size, but he competed and had a nose for the ball. Forced three fumbles, had a fumble recovery and a career-high 64 tackles as a sophomore.

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