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2011 NFL Draft: Where Will Pitt, West Virginia, And Penn State Players Be Selected?

Mocking The Draft has lists of the top 200 NFL Draft prospects (this link goes to the bottom 50 of those, but you can click through to the front page and see the rest). Here are the local players who made the list.

191. Brandon Hogan, West Virginia CB.

186. Greg Romeus, Pitt DE.

173. Dion Lewis, Pitt RB.

158. Henry Hynoski, Pitt FB.

116. Jason Pinkston, Pitt OT.

112. Noel Devine, West Virginia RB.

100. Jabaal Sheard, Pitt DE.

81. Robert Sands, West Virginia FS.

44. Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State C.

20. Jon Baldwin, Pitt WR.

Mocking The Draft notes that these rankings aren't meant to predict where these players will go in the draft, but they're still a pretty reasonable cheat sheet for players below No. 50 or so who don't typically appear in mock drafts.

For a team that had such a disappointing season, Pitt sure does have a lot of draft prospects. Baldwin is fairly likely to be a late first-round pick. Sheard could go in the second or third round, but he's a very good athlete, and could move to the high end of that range with a good combine. Pinkston could go somewhat later than that. Hynoski's strong reputation as a blocker could get him selected in the late rounds of the draft even though he doesn't run much at all.

Robert Sands of WVU could go in the second or third round as well. I'm a little surprised to see Devine ranked this high - I've seen him predicted to go anywhere from the third round to the sixth, but he's so small that I'd bet on him going somewhere near the end of that range.

Penn State's Wisniewski sometimes comes up in the late first round of mock drafts, but the second round is probably more likely for him. Running back Evan Royster, a likely late-round pick, is nowhere to be found in these rankings.

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