Six Pitt players have been invited to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis which will start later this month. Receiver Jon Baldwin, fullback Henry Hynoski, running back Dion Lewis, offensive tackle Jason Pinkston and defensive ends Greg Romeus and Jabaal Sheard have all been invited. Safety Dom DeCicco was not invited, but is expected to participate in a pro day.
Baldwin finished his Pitt career with 128 catches for 2,337 yards and 16 touchdowns. His career-highs came as a sophomore, when he caught 57 passes for 1,111 yards and eight touchdown passes. His 128 receptions rank eighth among all Pitt receivers and his 2,337 yards rank sixth.
Though Hynoski was primarily known as a blocking fullback, 2010 was his most productive year catching the ball out of the backfield, with 25 catches for 174 yards (7.0 yards/catch) and a touchdown. His top performance in 2010 was a seven-reception, 51-yard performance against Rutgers in 2010. He was instrumental in being a lead-blocker for a pair of 1,000-yard seasons for Dion Lewis, and 922-yard season from Ray Graham in 2010 as well.
Lewis heads to the combine after just two years at Pitt, and it only took him just two years to become one of the most productive backs in school history. A game MVP of each of the two bowl games he played in, Lewis racked up 2,860 yards and 30 touchdowns in 23 career starts. Only Tony Dorsett, Curvin Richards and Craig Heyward had more career yards. He finished with 44 more yards rushing than LeSean McCoy did over the same time frame.
Pinkston was an anchor for the offensive line during his Pitt career. After entering his first training camp as a defensive lineman, he moved to offensive tackle quickly, where he played in seven games as a true freshman. He started the first three games of his sophomore season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury at Michigan State. When he returned to the starting lineup for the start of the 2008 season, he would go on to start 38 games at left tackle, twice earning first-team All-Big East honors.
Though Romeus missed virtually all of his 2010 season due to injury, the 6-6, 270-pound defensive end had enough of a history and a good track record to get himself to Indianapolis. Romeus was a first-team All-Big East selection in 2009, in addition to being the Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year. He came back to play in 2010 following a back surgery in September, only to tear his ACL in the return game at UConn. He finished with 19.5 career sacks, 38.5 tackles for losses and 142 career tackles in 40 career games.
Sheard took Romeus' place in earning Big East Player of the Year honors in 2010, and was a first-team All-American by the AFCA. Sheard had nine of his 19.5 career sacks in 2010, despite drawing a lot of double-teams, finishing with 35.5 career tackles for losses and 142 tackles. Sheard started every game of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 season before having an elective elbow surgery that held him out of the BBVA Compass Bowl.
DeCicco, who is not going to the NFL Scouting Combine, finished with 12 career interceptions in 36 career starts over his 2008, 2009, 2010 seasons. A two-time all-Big East selection, DeCicco is the first player in school history to tie or finish with the team-lead in interceptions three seasons in a row.