Kiper's top NFL prospects in the Big East

ESPN's NFL draft guru, Mel Kiper Jr., writes today about his choices for the top NFL-ready talent at each FBS school (insider subscription required). His breakdown of the Big East may surprise you a bit.

The key thing to remember is this is a list concerning only those players who are eligible for next spring's draft. There are some obvious choices, like Pitt's Jonathan Baldwin, West Virginia's Noel Devine, UConn's Zach Hurd and Louisville's Victor Anderson. And then there are the less obvious picks:

Cincinnati: Derek Wolfe, DT. Interesting that Kiper chose Wolfe over both Armon Binns and Vidal Hazelton.

Rutgers: David Rowe, CB. So many of the Scarlet Knights' stars -- i.e. Tom Savage, Mohamed Sanu and Steve Beauharnais -- are sophomores.

South Florida: Craig Marshall, DE. Like Rutgers, South Florida is young, and Marshall has been a little under the radar during his career while backing up George Selvie and Jason Pierre-Paul.

Syracuse: Rob Long, P. Long is an excellent punter, but this also tells you about Kiper's assessment of Syracuse's upperclassmen talent.