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USF’s chances in the 2013 NFL Draft


Tonight marks the beginning of the annual three-day process that will have football fans everywhere glued to their televisions, laptops or even phones, if they’re desperate enough.

At 8 p.m., the 2013 NFL Draft in the Radio City Music Hall in New York will kick things off with round 1. On Friday at 6:30 p.m., the second and third rounds will commence, leaving rounds four through seven to take place Saturday at noon.

USF has had 19 players drafted in school history, starting with Bill Gramatica in the 2001 NFL Draft. Other notables include Kawika Mitchell, Mike Jenkins, George Selvie, Nate Allen and Jason Pierre-Paul.

Now, Bulls getting drafted has become a regularoccurrence. From 2007-11, USF had 12 players drafted, five in 2010 and three in 2011.

It wasn’t until last year’s draft that Bulls fans didn’t get the chance to see a USF player hold an NFL team jersey up as dozens of cameras flashed away.

This year could be different. Though the draft boards aren’t predicting another Jason Pierre-Paul or Mike Jenkins, the only two former Bulls to go in the first round, USF coach Willie Taggart said he has a positive outlook on the draft.

While the new USF coach hasn’t spent a lot of time with the USF players in the draft this year, he has been on the campus long enough to see multiple NFL teams come to USF and have workouts with the players.

“I think we’ll have a few guys get drafted,” he said.

One thing about the draft that can always be expected is that it’s unpredictable.

USF players that have entered the draft include cornerback Kayvon Webster, defensive tackle Cory Grissom, linebacker Sam Barrington and quarterback B.J. Daniels.

Each of the players were invited to the NFL combine this year and are joined by 12 other USF players in the draft who were not in thecombine. Those 12 include names such as tight end Evan Landi, wide receiver Lindsey Lamar and kicker Maikon Bonani.

Though there are no Bulls that Taggart predicted to be first round bound, the NFL has shown some interest.