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2011 NFL Draft: Big East Players Not Expected To Be Taken Early

ESPN.com's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay's mock drafts have been changing in the weeks leading up to the draft. But one thing that's not changing all that much is the small amount of Big East players expected to be drafted early on according to Kiper and McShay.

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Both draftniks have exactly zero Big East players being selected in the first round in recent versions of their mock drafts. That's pretty astonishing when you think about it, but it's actually not unprecedented. In 2006, the conference was also without a first-round pick.

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Worse than that, neither have the Big East making much of an impact in the top three rounds. Kiper has Pitt teammates Jabaal Sheard and Jon Baldwin as 2nd and 3rd round picks respectively, but only has one other conference player in his top three rounds (South Florida's Terrell McClain). That's a total of three players in approximately the first 100 selected.

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McShay gives a little more credit to the Big East, having seven players in his top three rounds including Sheard, Baldwin, Dion Lewis, and West Virginia's Brandon Hogan.

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When you consider the fact that the Big East is a BCS conference, that's downright awful.

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