Pittsburgh players at the annual NFL Combine -- which includes top executives, coaching staffs, player personnel and medical departments from the 32 teams to evaluate the nation's elite, draft-eligible college football players -- are sophomore tailback LeSean McCoy, senior offensive lineman C.J. Davis and fifth-year senior middle linebacker Scott McKillop.
Player participants are determined annually by a selection committee. The directors from both National and BLESTO scouting services are joined by some NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. All eligible players are reviewed and voted on by committee members. Each athlete that receives the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation.
Davis (Imperial, Pa.-West Allegheny High School) was among Pitt's most durable players the past four seasons and started 43 consecutive games as an offensive lineman to close his career. A first-team All-Big East selection, Davis displayed his versatility this past fall when he moved from his familiar left guard spot to center due to injuries on the Panthers' offensive front. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Davis recently participated in the Texas versus the Nation All-Star Challenge in El Paso, Texas.
McCoy (Harrisburg, Pa.-Bishop McDevitt High School-Milford Academy) is an early NFL Draft entrant, declaring after an outstanding sophomore season. A unanimous first-team All-Big East selection, McCoy rushed for 1,488 yards and 21 touchdowns on 308 attempts (4.8 yards per carry) this past year.
McCoy ranked second in the nation in scoring (tied with 9.69 points per game) and 10th in rushing (114.46 yards/game). He was voted Big East Offensive Player of the Year by a league media panel and named a second-team All-American by SI.com among other outlets.
In just two collegiate seasons, McCoy ran for 2,816 yards and scored 36 total touchdowns, Pitt records for production as a freshman and sophomore. He broke the marks established by Pitt legends Tony Dorsett (2,690 yards in 1973-74) and Larry Fitzgerald (34 TDs in 2002-03). Fitzgerald, now a Pro Bowl receiver with the NFC-champion Arizona Cardinals, is the last Panthers player to declare for the draft following his sophomore year. Both he and McCoy went to a prep school for a year, and that allowed them to declare early.
McKillop (Export, Pa.-Kiski Area High School) enjoyed a highly-decorated senior season. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder was named to the 25-player All-America Team selected by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and additionally was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year by both league coaches and the media.
McKillop, who played in the Senior Bowl this past month, was among college football's most prolific tacklers in 2007-08, his only two seasons as a starter. He led the country his junior year with 12.6 tackles per game. As a senior, McKillop ranked third nationally in solo stops (6.31 per game) and 10th in total tackles (10.54 per contest).
Pitt finished the 2008 season with a 9-4 overall record and 5-2 mark in Big East play to finish second in the league standings and play in the Sun Bowl.
Pitt At NFL Combine
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