Pitt held its second annual spring game draft this morning to determine rosters for Saturday's Blue-Gold spring game. The seniors were divided up into teams yesterday, and served as captains picking their respective squads. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada will coach the blue team (Tony Dorsett's team), and defensive coordinator Josh Conklin will coach the gold squad (Matt Cavanaugh's team). The way the draft worked, teams alternated making the first pick in each round, and once that pick was made, they drafted out that position until it was done. For instance, if the gold team opened round one by taking a quarterback, the teams would alternate drafting quarterbacks until they were gone.
You can watch head coach Pat Narduzzi discuss the results above, and here's a full rundown of the draft order. Feel free to parse it at your leisure...
|ROUND 1 (OT)||ROUND 11 (OG)|
|1 (Blue): Brian O'Neill||1 (Blue): Mike Herndon|
|2 (Gold): Carson Baker||2 (Gold): Mike Grimm|
3 (Blue): Aaron Reese
|3 (Blue): Alex Paulina|
|4 (Gold): Tony Pilato||4 (Blue): Kyle Benbrook|
|5 (Gold): Aaron Britton||ROUND 12 (QB)|
|ROUND 2 (DE)||1 (Gold): Ben DiNucci|
1 (Gold): Dewayne Hendrix
|2 (Blue): Adam Bertke|
|2 (Blue): James Folston||3 (Blue): Ryan Adzima|
|3 (Gold): Allen Edwards||ROUND 13 (TE)|
|4 (Blue): Dom Cuono||1 (Blue): Devon Edwards|
|4 (Gold): Erik Sellers||2 (Gold): Zach Poker|
|ROUND 3 (CB)||3 (Blue): DeAndre Schifino|
|1 (Blue): Avonte Maddox||ROUND 14 (MONEY LB)|
|2 (Gold): Phillipie Motley||1 (Gold): Saleem Brightwell|
|3 (Blue): Malik Henderson||2 (Blue): Nico Lodovico|
|3 (Gold): Dane Jackson||ROUND 15 (MIKE LB)|
|4 (Gold): Rob Boatright||1 (Blue): Brian Popp|
|ROUND 4 (X-WR)||2 (Gold): Jim Medure|
|1 (Gold): Jester Weah||ROUND 16 (K)|
|2 (Blue): Jaquaun Davidson||1 (Gold): Alec Schuster|
|3 (Gold): Mark Bernsdorff||2 (Blue): Tristan Cunha|
|ROUND 5 (FB)||ROUND 17 (INJURED PLAYERS)|
|1 (Blue): George Aston||1 (Blue): RB James Conner|
|2 (Gold): Nate Bossory||2 (Gold): DE Patrick Jones|
|ROUND 6 (S)||3 (Blue): LB Quintin Wirginis|
|1 (Gold): Jordan Whitehead||4 (Gold): OT Jaryd Jones-Smith|
|2 (Blue): Dennis Briggs||5 (Blue): DT Jeremiah Taleni|
3 (Gold): Jay Stocker
|6 (Gold): WR Zach Challingsworth|
|4 (Blue): Rimoni Dorsey||7 (Blue): C Alex Officer|
|ROUND 7 (C)||8 (Gold): FB Colton Lively|
|1 (Blue): Alex Bookser||9 (Blue): LB Anthony McKee|
|2 (Gold): Connor Dintino||10 (Gold): DE Rori Blair|
|3 (Blue): Alex Galiyas||11 (Blue): TE Chris Clark|
|ROUND 8 (Z-WR)||ROUND 18 (P)|
|1 (Gold): Rafael Araujo-Lopes||1 (Gold): Ryan Winslow|
|2 (Blue): Quadree Henderson||2 (Blue): Nick Goldsmith|
|3 (Gold): Tre Tipton||3 (Blue): Matt Barber|
|4 (Blue): Kellen McAlone||ROUND 19 (LS)|
|ROUND 9 (STAR LB)||1 (Blue): Jake Knight|
1 (Blue): Sean Idowu
|ROUND 20 (DT)|
|2 (Gold): Elijah Zeise||1 (Gold): Justin Moody|
|3 (Blue): Jalen Williams||2 (Blue): Shane Roy|
|ROUND 10 (RB)||3 (Blue): Calvin Hamilton|
|1 (Gold): Chawntez Moss|
|2 (Blue): Darrin Hall|
|3 (Gold): Rachid Ibrahim|
|4 (Blue): Qadree Ollison|
And here are the full rosters (injured players are in red)...
- The two most notable selections, as far as I could see, were Moss going first among RBs and Araujo-Lopes going first among Z-WRs. Obviously, Pitt has a ton of talent in the backfield, but Moss being taken ahead of Darrin Hall, Rachid Ibrahim and Qadree Ollison tell you something about how much the freshman has impressed in his first few months on campus. As for Araujo-Lopes, he was taken ahead of Quadree Henderson and Tre Tipton, so it'll be interesting to see if he can turn into a contributor for Pitt this year. Those other two guys were players that Narduzzi has spoken highly of this spring, so Araujo-Lopes (or "Ra Ra" as he's known), must be playing well if he's up on that level, too.
- At first glance, it looks like the blue team might have a slight edge, particularly on offense. They've got both both first-team tackles, as well as the first-team center along the offensive line. It'll be interesting to see what their offensive looks like with Manny Stocker at quarterback.
The gold team has Nate Peterman at QB, and it also has the first-team guards in Dorian Johnson and John Guy. They've also got some intriguing pass-catchers in Orndoff, Weah, Araujo-Lopes and Tipton. Still, I'd expect the gold team to focus on pounding up the middle behind Johnson and Guy, especially given that the blue team is relatively thin in the middle of its defensive line.
- On defense, the blue side boasts more depth, but I'd say the gold has more first-team guys on its roster. The matchup I'm most interested in will be defensive end Dewayne Hendrix going up against Adam Bisnowaty and Brian O'Neill. Hendrix, a Tennessee transfer, has drawn rave reviews dating back to last season, and he'll get a chance to go up against Pitt's two first-team offensive tackles.
At linebacker, Mike Caprara said he'll probably slide over to play in the middle for the gold team, with Brightwell and Zeise alongside him.
The one area where the blue team definitely has the edge is at cornerback, where they got both first-team guys in Avonte Maddox and Ryan Lewis (one of the senior captains).