If Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay are on the mark, it could be a slow start to the draft for Big East prospects.
Kiper's top Big East pick at this point is Pitt's Jabaal Sheard, the reigning defensive player of the year whom he has going in the second round, at No. 37 overall. Then there's a wait until the 74th pick, when Kiper has Sheard's former teammate, receiver Jonathan Baldwin. Kiper has South Florida defensive tackle Terrell McClain also in the third round, at No. 83. And that's it.
McShay has a few more league players in his mock draft. He picks Baldwin as his top Big East player off the board, but not until pick No. 61. He also has Louisville cornerback Johnny Patrick in the second round, two picks behind Baldwin. He has West Virginia cornerback Brandon Hogan in the third round at 71st overall and Sheard 74th. Then Pitt running back Dion Lewis is 79th, followed by McClain at No. 83 and Rutgers safety Joe Lefeged at No. 88.
Most mock drafters agree at this point that the Big East won't have a first-round pick this year.