The NFL draft's first round rapidly approaches, so I thought I'd take a look at the Big East's recent history with the first round.
The league was a regular presence among the first 30 picks when Miami was a conference member, and Virginia Tech and Boston College had their share of high selections. But who cares about those ACC turncoats now? Let's examine how the current Big East members have fared in the first round since 2000, and then take a look at how those picks panned out.
Becht played five years for the Jets, catching 17 touchdown passes. He went on to play for Tampa Bay, St. Louis and Arizona before being cut by the Cardinals in 2010.
Bulluck played 10 seasons for the Titans before joining the New York Giants in 2010. He recorded at least 109 tackles in each of his past eight seasons with the Titans and made the 2003 Pro Bowl.
No. 22: Will Allen, CB, Syracuse, to New York Giants
Allen played his first five seasons with the Giants before moving on to Miami. He missed the 2010 season with a knee injury but is expected to return to the Dolphins in 2011.
Freeney was the NFL defensive rookie of the year and a six-time Pro Bowler. He's well on his way to Canton as a Hall of Famer.
Fitzgerald is one of the top wideouts in the NFL and has produced five seasons of at least 1,000 yards receiving. He's a five-time Pro Bowler who might join Freeney in Canton.
No. 6: Adam "Pacman" Jones, CB, West Virginia to Tennessee Titans
Jones' talent was rarely in question, and he was a special-teams ace early in his career. But his persistent troubles off the field damaged his career. He played in five games for Cincinnati last year.
Okoye has 11 sacks in four seasons for the Texans. He has not blossomed into a star and could be trade bait this offseason.
No. 14: Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh, to New York Jets
Many consider Revis to be the premiere lockdown cornerback in the game, and he has his own cool nickname: "Revis Island." He signed a $32 million contract after a protracted holdout last offseason.
Otah started most of his first two years with the Panthers but missed all of last season with a knee injury.
Jenkins has started the past two seasons at corner for the Cowboys and has seven career interceptions. He played in the 2010 Pro Bowl after being selected as an alternate.
No. 27: Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut, to Indianapolis Colts
Brown has started nine games in two seasons for the Colts, rushing for a total of 778 yards and five touchdowns.
Wood started 10 games at right guard as a rookie but broke his leg in November. He recovered and started 14 games in 2010.
No. 30: Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers, to Tennessee Titans
Britt has caught 42 passes in each of his first two seasons and has scored 12 touchdowns. He has been nagged by some minor off-the-field problems.
Davis started all 16 games for the 49ers as a rookie.
No. 15: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida, to New York Giants
Pierre-Paul had 30 tackles and 4.5 sacks as a reserve his rookie season.
McCourty started 16 games as a rookie for the Patriots, coming up with seven interceptions. He became just the fourth New England rookie ever to make the Pro Bowl.
First-round picks the past decade by school
South Florida: 2
West Virginia: 2