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The University of South Florida is a hot-bed these days for NFL teams looking for defensive players in the upcoming NFL Draft. One of those teams, of course, is our New York Giants and we know Tom Coughlin attended the school's Pro Day.
The big name defenders from South Florida are defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and safety Nate Allen. There are several other interesting, draft-worthy players coming from the Bulls' program this season.
One of those is defensive end George Selvie, an under-sized pass-rush specialist at 6-foot-4, 252 pounds. Let's use today's Daily NFL Draft Prospect Profile to take a closer look at Selvie.
George Selvie Scouting Reports
George has been the Bulls' most productive defender over the past four seasons. He's quick off the edge and has shown bursts of speed to close in on the football. He is a disruptive player who can penetrate the line of scrimmage as a run defender and pressure the quarterback. George can bend and close to the passer with great agility and balance and pursue from the backside to chase ball carriers. He possesses deceptive strength to collapse the pocket off the edge but is inconsistent holding the point vs. the run. George uses his hands well to leverage blockers and separate to the ball. His instincts, athleticism and motor make him and undersized end that should contribute as a pass rusher and on coverage units (special teams) as a rookie.
From Draft Countdown.
Lanky frame with long arms ... Explosive with a burst to close ... Quick with good playing speed ... Can bend off the edge ... Undersized ... Struggles to add and maintain weight ... Just average athleticism ... Has to get stronger ... Doesn't hold up very well versus the run.
Was never the elite pro prospect that some made him out to be early in his career ... Classic 'tweener who profiles as a situational pass rusher in a 4-3 defense or perhaps even an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
From SB Nation's Mocking The Draft.
Following his sophomore season, everyone was quick to peg Selvie as a top 10 player. But he never got any better following that season and teams figured out that if you play physical against him he can be neutralized. ... He might only be a situational pass rusher at the next level.
Why Selvie fits with the Giants
The Ernie Accorsi Rule. You can never have too many pass rushers. Besides, at some point the Giants do need to protect themselves against Osi Umenyiora's unhappiness and Mathias Kiwanuka's looming free agency. His production has to count for something.
Why the Giants should pass
Haven't we seen enough of defensive ends who don't hold up well against the run? We really don't need any more of those types of players.
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