Insider Only Saturday’s NFL Draft Buzz

Family members of LeSean McCoy made it known this week that he would declare for the NFL draft. On Friday he had an emotional meeting with the coaching staff and now he won’t make a decision until next week.
Guaranteed dollars is the big thing in the NFL. There is a major difference between a late first rounder and early second round pick. The last pick in the first round in the 2008 draft was Kenny Phillips. His signing bonus was about

$2.6 million
Phillip Merling the first pick in the second round, his signing bonus was about $1.6 million. Overall the money between being the last pick in the first round and the first pick in the second round is almost a $4.5 million swing in money over the entire contract. There is a major difference between being a late first rounder and early second rounder.
What has gone into McCoy’s decision making is he received a very favorable grade from the draft advisory board but it is likely that only two running backs will be drafted in the first round ( Moreno, Wells). He has a tough decision ahead of him this weekend.
Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin has declared for the NFL draft. Maybin is a risky pick but teams are intrigued by him because he is a sack artist. TIOPS projects Maybin to be a top 20 pick. In our first Mock draft we had him going 13th overall to Washington.
Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow has reportedly received mixed reviews from NFL scouts. Some do see him as a NFL quarterback and according to Chris Mortensen he is being viewed as a late first rounder – mid third rounder.
USC quarterback Mark Sanchez has increased his draft stock with his Rose Bowl performance but what concerns scouts is he has only been a starter for one season. TIOPS projects Sanchez as a late first round, early 2nd round pick if he declares. He should return to school and could be a top 10 pick in 2010.
Texas Tech star wide receiver Michael Crabtree has declared for the draft. Crabtree could go as early as #4 to the Seattle Seahawks
Pitt’s Scott McKillop needs a strong combine workout to guarantee a first day selection. Right now I see him being a 3rd – 5th round draft pick. He needs to land in the right system to be successful in the NFL.
West Virginia linebacker Morton Ivy has received a invitation to the senior bowl.

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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