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Join the club, Mr. Revis


Former Pitt cornerback Darrelle Revis solidified his status as an NFL first-round draft choice at Pitt’s Pro Day last Friday when he answered any questions regarding his speed.

Revis reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.36- to 4.41-second range and recorded a 4.08 short shuttle (20 yards), a 6.56-second three-cone drill, a 38-inch vertical and 10-foot, 5-inch broad jump.

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Revis is poised to join a prestigious club on April 28, as the 22nd Panthers player to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Here is a look at Pitt’s NFL Draft first-round choices:

Year Player Position Team Pick
1961 Mike Ditka TE Chicago 5th
1964 Paul Martha S Steelers 7th
1977 Tony Dorsett RB Dallas 2nd
1978 Randy Holloway DE Minnesota 21st
1981 Randy McMillan RB Baltimore 12th
1981 Mark May T Washington 20th
1981 Hugh Green LB Tampa Bay 7th
1983 Jimbo Covert OT Chicago 6th
1983 Tim Lewis CB Green Bay 11th
1983 Dan Marino QB Miami 27th
1984 Bill Maas NT Kansas City 5th
1985 Chris Doleman LB Minnesota 4th
1985 Bill Fralic T Atlanta 2nd
1986 Bob Buczkowski DT L.A. Raiders 24th
1987 Tony Woods LB Seattle 18th
1988 Craig Heyward RB New Orleans 24th
1989 Burt Grossman DE San Diego 8th
1989 Tom Ricketts T Steelers 24th
1992 Sean Gilbert DT L.A. Rams 3rd
1995 Ruben Brown OG Buffalo Bills 14th
2004 Larry Fitzgerald WR Arizona 3rd

Revis, of Aliquippa, also is set to become only the fourth WPIAL product to be selected in the NFL Draft’s first round since his uncle, Sean Gilbert (Aliquippa), in 1992. The others were Aliquippa cornerback Ty Law (Michigan), by the New England Patriots in 1995 and North Hills linebacker LaVar Arrington (Penn State) by the Washington Redskins in 2000. So, three of the last four WPIAL players to go in the NFL’s first round hail from Aliquippa.

That number could grow if Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny, a Hopewell graduate who has an Aliquippa mailing address, also is chosen in the first round. If that happens, it will mark the first time two WPIAL players were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in the same year since 1983, when Freedom’s Covert and Central Catholic’s Marino were picked (along with another Western Pennsylvania product, Jim Kelly of East Brady, which was in District 9, not the WPIAL).

And you wonder why “Quiptown” is a mandatory stop on the recruiting trail? Or why every school in the country is hot after Aliquippa junior Jonathan Baldwin, a 6-6, 215-pound receiver prospect?

On a side note, this NFL Draft could also mark the selections of four former Pittsburgh Tribune-Review High School Football Players of the Year: Pitt quarterback Tyler Palko of West Allegheny (1999-2001); Michigan receiver-returner Steve Breaston of Woodland Hills (’01); Posluszny (’02) and Revis (’03).



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