When NFL coaches and executives attend the Scouting Combine next week (February 19-25) in Indianapolis, Indiana, they will evaluate hundreds of top college football players. Among the group will be three standout Panthers, defensive lineman Aaron Donald, wide receiver Devin Street, and quarterback Tom Savage.
Donald was the most-honored defensive player of the 2013 season. He earned unanimous first team all-American honors and swept the defensive awards circuit by winning the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Outland Trophy, and the Lombardi Award. He also won all-ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Donald, a 6-foot, 285 lb. native of Penn Hills, Pa. near the Pitt campus, had 59 tackles with 28.5 of them being in the backfield (led the NCAA). He also had 11 sacks (thirteenth in the nation), 16 quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles (thirteenth in the nation), and his blocked extra point was the difference in a one-point win at Syracuse.
Street's 202 Pitt career receptions were the most in school history. He also finished third in school history in career receiving yards with 2,901, which was 160 yards short of all-time school leader Antonio Bryant (3,061 yards from 1999-2001).
Street, a 6-4, 195 lb. native of Bethlehem, Pa., had 51 catches for 854 yards and seven touchdowns in his final season at Pitt. He earned all-ACC third team honors.
In his lone year of eligibility at Pitt, Savage threw for 2,958 yards (fifth all-time single season total at Pitt) and 21 touchdowns while completing 238 passes on 389 attempts. He completed 61 percent of his passes and only had nine interceptions. He also ran for three touchdowns.
Savage, a 6-5, 230 lb. native of Springfield, Pa.,threw for more yards than any quarterback at Pitt since 1997 in his performance against Duke. He completed 23 passes on 33 attempts for 424 yards and an ACC-tying record six touchdowns.
Draft-eligible participants are chosen by a selection committee made up of national directors of scouting services and various NFL player personnel staff members. The committee members vote on the players to invite. The NFL Network will carry exclusive live televised coverage of the event Feb. 22-25.
The 2014 NFL Draft will be held May 8-10. The first round will take place on Thursday, May 8, followed by the second and third rounds on Friday, May 9. Rounds four through seven will be held on Saturday, May 10.
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