Saturday, April 24, 2010

Did Selvie make a mistake

George Selvie looks like another example of someone who should not have waited until his final season to enter the NFL draft.

The 6-5, 252 pound USF defensive end was selected in the seventh and final round of this week’s draft by the St. Louis Rams and was the 226th overall pick.

After his junior season in 2009, Selvie was projected as a first round pick by many rating services, including ESPN. He also had his degree.

He chose to come back for his senior year saying he wanted to win a Big East championship. Turns out, he didn’t come close to winning the conference title and he might have lost a lot of money in the process.

As a sophomore in 2007, Selvie was voted the Big East Defensive Player of The Year after leading the nation in tackles for losses with 31.5 and finishing second with 14.5 sacks. He was a consensus first team All-American and became a household name around the country.

He was actually eligible to come out for the draft in 2008 because it was his third year in college (he took a redshirt his first season), but decided against it.

In the 2008 season, he was the first USF two time first team All-American though his numbers were down with 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for losses. He struggled with a high ankle sprain and defenses were gearing up to stop him, which likely accounted for the drop off in numbers.

Quite a few people urged him to come out for the 2009 draft because he looked like a solid first round draft choice. He chose to stay and USF newcomer Jason Pierre-Paul comes in at the other defensive end spot and gets chosen in the first round.

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