Big East NFL draft recap

The big winner from the Big East on draft day?

Rutgers in a landslide.

The Scarlet Knights had a school-record seven players selected over the three-day draft, breaking the previous high of five set in 2009. New England drafted three Rutgers players -- cornerback Logan Ryan (third round), safety Duron Harmon (third round) and linebacker Steve Beauharnais (seventh round) -- the most by any NFL team in one NFL draft.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick is quite familiar with Rutgers, as his son, Stephen, was a long snapper on the team. Belichick and former coach Greg Schiano have had a great relationship going back many years and it paid off in a big way in 2013. Of the seven players who were drafted, two were underclassmen who declared early -- Ryan and running back Jawan Jamison.

Many questioned Jamison's decision to turn pro after one singular 1,000-yard season, and he ended up going in the seventh round by Washington. Jamison told Redskins beat writers on a conference call he made the decision to turn pro to help pay his mother's medical bills as she undergoes breast cancer treatment.

UConn was next with five players selected, further proof the team underachieved on the field the past several seasons. Three of those players went in a span of seven picks in the third round -- Dwayne Gratz to Jacksonville, Sio Moore to Oakland and Blidi Wreh-Wilson to Tennessee.

In all, the Big East had 19 players selected. That includes Syracuse, which is headed to the ACC for next season. Three Orange players were taken -- Justin Pugh in the first round to the Giants, Ryan Nassib in the fourth round to the Giants, and Shamarko Thomas in the fourth round to Pittsburgh.

Here is a look at where players on current or future Big East teams went:

First round

Second round

Third round

  • No. 63 Cincinnati TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City

  • No. 64 UConn CB Dwayne Gratz, Jacksonville

  • No. 66 UConn LB Sio Moore, Oakland

  • No. 70 UConn CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Tennessee

  • No. 83 Rutgers CB Logan Ryan, New England

  • No. 90 USF CB Kayvon Webster, Denver

  • No. 91 Rutgers S Duron Harmon, New England

Fourth round

Sixth round

Seventh round

Here is a look at some of the notable free-agent signings:

Cincinnati: RB George Winn (Houston); DE Dan Giordano (Arizona); WR Kenbrell Thompkins (New England); LB Maalik Bomar (Jacksonville).

Louisville: C Mario Benavides (Kansas City); OT Alex Kupper (Houston); CB Adrian Bushell (Oakland).

Temple: RB Montel Harris (Tampa Bay); DE John Youboty (Denver); P/K Brandon McManus (Indianapolis); OL Martin Wallace (Cleveland).