These are the school's prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft by status * - denotes 2014 prospect ** - denotes 2015 prospect.
This page was last updated Feb. 16, 2013. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
Ray Graham, RB, Pittsburgh
Height: 5-9. Weight: 195. Projected 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2013): 5-6. 2/16/13: Graham averaged 4.7 yards per carry this year while running for 1,042 yards and 11 touchdowns. He looked more and more like his old self as the season progressed in terms of speed and explosiveness. The Pittsburgh staff had estimated that Graham was playing at about 90 percent in the early portion of 2012. He ran for 172 on Notre Dame and 113 on Rutgers, two good defenses. Graham was solid, but unspectacular, at the East-West Shrine.
8/16/12: Graham was having a massive 2011 season before a knee injury ended it in late October against Connecticut. He ran for 958 yards and nine touchdowns in only eight games. That still surpassed his sophomore year production of 922 yards rushing and eight touchdowns in a running back-by-committee approach. If Graham can regain his pre-injury form and stay healthy, he should definitely push his stock higher.
Jarred Holley, S, Pittsburgh
Height: 5-10. Weight: 190. Projected 40 Time: 4.57. Projected Round (2013): 6-FA. 1/31/13: Holley recorded 75 tackles, two interceptions and four passes broken up this season. He played well against Cincinnati and Virginia Tech.
9/2/12: Holley has had two decent seasons for Pittsburgh. He totaled 67 tackles with five tackles for a loss, two sacks, one interception and one forced fumble last year. Holley created more splash plays in 2010, making five interceptions and a forced fumble. He contributed 54 tackles as well.
Holley would fit best as rangy free safety-type defender.
Tino Sunseri, QB, Pittsburgh
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.63. Projected Round (2013): 6-FA. 2/16/13: Sunseri didn't look good against Cincinnati in Week 2, but played well to help Pittsburgh beat Virginia Tech in a surprising upset the next week. He was a solid player for the Panthers. Sunseri completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,288 yards, 21 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2012.
8/16/12: Sunseri completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,610 yards with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2011. He showed good mobility throughout the season with 510 yards rushing and four touchdowns. There are times when Sunseri holds the ball too long. He threw for 2,680 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a sophmore.
Sunseri looks like a potential backup in the NFL.
Chris Jacobson, G, Pittsburgh
Height: 6-3. Weight: 290. Projected 40 Time: 5.16. Projected Round (2013): 7-FA. 2/9/13: Jacobson had a horrible game with penalties against Cincinnati. He needs to add strength for the NFL. The redshirt senior played better in other outings and helped open up holes for Ray Graham. Jacobson had a surprisingly good game against Notre Dame and its tough defensive front.
8/24/12: The senior captain Jacobson went down with a knee injury against Iowa in September 2011 and was done for the year. He had surgery to repair his knee and received a medical redshirt.
Jacobson made the move from center to guard, and started all 13 games at left guard in 2010. He needs to have a strong season and put on some weight for the NFL. Jacobson has good mobility and technique, so he might be best in a zone-blocking scheme at the NFL level.
I don't get the Garrett Sickels pick in the 3rd when your own evaluation of him clearly states that you believe he his a 3-4 OLB in the NFL and a day 3 pick at best. I think Dallas would rather take the risk with Carl Lawson in that spot than give it to a career rotational player at best.