Scouting the Big East: Pittsburgh

What originally looked like a promising season for the Panthers fell short of expectations after a pair of unexpected losses last year. On top all that Pittsburgh lost most of the offensive fire-power from 2003's squad including the third pick of the draft. The expectations on the football field and in war rooms across the league are markedly reduced as we enter the 2004 campaign.

The top prospect on offense could well be left tackle Rob Petitti.  A hard working blocker with a tremendous feel for the position, Petitti displays a great understanding of the game and uses all his tools to their fullest.  Petitti plays with leverage, balance and is an outstanding position blocker that walls opponents from the action.  Just an average athlete, he lacks the top footwork and blocking range on the blind side and does not possess a large upside for the next level.  Right now he looks like a solid middle round choice that can back up at several positions in the NFL.  Wide receiver Princell Brockenbrough has displayed flashes of skill in the past but must now pull all the pieces together as a senior and prove he can be the "go to guy". Should he do that Brockenbrough could be a fast riser up draft boards next year.

Defensively there are many question marks.  It is quite possible not a single senior from this side of the ball is drafted next year.  Players that will get a late round consideration if they raise their level of play include tackles Vince Crochunis and Dan Stephens as well as safety Tyrone Gilliard.

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