Pitt represents Big East in pipeline tournament

Which schools are the best at turning out NFL prospects?

ESPN.com has decided to figure that out in the best way possible: tournament style.

Beginning today, the top college pipelines to the NFL will square off in a 16-team bracket to determine which is best. Seeding was based by an ESPN.com survey of the NFL drafts from 1979 to 2009, with teams earning one point for each player who was named NFL most valuable player, defensive player of the year, offensive player of the year or All-Pro (first- or second-team) and for each Pro Bowl appearance.

The one Big East team to make the field was Pittsburgh, which finished an impressive third in the survey. The Panthers face No. 14 seed Nebraska in today's first-round action. Here is the entire bracket.

What other Big East teams almost made it in? Syracuse finished 20th in the survey, while Louisville was 31st.