Big East in the 2011 NFL draft

A total of 22 Big East players were drafted into the NFL over the weekend. Here is the complete list of draftees from the league:

First round

No. 26: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh to Kansas City

Second round

No. 5 (37 overall): Jabaal Sheard, OL, Pittsburgh to Cleveland

Third round

No. 1 (65): Terrell McClain, DT, South Florida to Carolina

No. 24 (88): Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville to New Orleans

Fourth round

No. 1 (98): Brandon Hogan, CB, West Virginia to Carolina

No. 22 (119): Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse to Indianapolis

No. 29 (126) Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville to New York Jets

Fifth round

No. 3 (134): Robert Sands, S, West Virginia to Cincinnati

No. 5 (136): Anthony Sherman, FB, Connecticut to Arizona

No. 18 (149): Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh to Philadelphia

No. 19 (150): Jason Pinkston, OL, Pittsburgh to Clevelad

No. 26 (157): Doug Hogue, LB, Syracuse to Detroit

Sixth round

No. 1 (166): Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut to Carolina

No. 5 (170): Mistral Raymond, DB, South Florida to Minnesota

No. 10 (175): Byron Stingily, OT, Louisville to Tennessee

No. 18 (183): Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut to San Diego

No. 26 (191): Jason Kelce, OL, Cincinnati to Philadelphia

No. 30 (195): J.T. Thomas, LB, West Virginia to Chicago

No. 37 (202): Jacquian Williams, LB, South Floirda to New York Giants

Seventh round

No. 23 (226): Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh to New Orleans

No. 34 (237): Greg Lloyd, LB, Connecticut to Philadelhia

No. 50 (253): Chris Neild, NT, West Virginia to Washington

A couple of thoughts

  • What kind of odds would I have gotten in December (or even a week ago) that UConn fullback Anthony Sherman would be drafted ahead of 2010 the past two Big East offensive players of the year in Todman and Lewis?

  • It was not a great draft for players who chose to leave early, other than Baldwin. I'm surprised Todman lasted until the sixth round, especially after he put up good numbers at the Combine. Lewis went in the fifth round and will be reunited on the Eagles with LeSean McCoy, whom he succeeded in the backfield at Pitt. Sands lasted until the fifth round after some lackluster workouts, and Pitt fullback Henry Hynoski wasn't drafted.

  • Loved the Romeus pick for New Orleans. If he can get healthy, he'll be a beast.

  • Also thought the Redskins got one heck of a seventh-round bargain in Neild.

  • Here is the number of draftees per school: Pitt (5), Connecticut (4), West Virginia (4), Louisville (3), South Florida (3), Syracuse (2), Cincinnati (1), Rutgers (0). So the three schools with the most draftees tied for the league title in 2010.

  • Several notable players went undrafted and will have to sign as free agents, but will have to wait until the lockout ends to do so. They include Noel Devine, Armon Binns, Ryan Bartholomew, Scott Lutrus, Zach Hurd, Joe Lefeged, Jock Sanders and Derrell Smith.