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April 27, 2013

Pitt shut out of the draft again

For the second year in a row, no Pitt player was taken in the NFL Draft.

The 2013 draft concluded Saturday after NFL teams selected 254 players over the course of three days, and none of Pitt's 12 potential draftees made the cut.

The list included running back Ray Graham, tight ends Mike Shanahan and Hubie Graham, defensive lineman Shayne Hale, defensive backs Jarred Holley and Andrew Taglianetti, offensive linemen Chris Jacobson and Ryan Turnley, receiver Cameron Saddler, kicker Kevin Harper, linebacker Joe Trebitz and quarterback Tino Sunseri.

Pitt was shut out in 2012 after 12 consecutive drafts with at least one player selected, and 2013 marks the first back-to-back draft shutouts for Pitt since 1997-99. In the 78-year history of the NFL draft, Pitt has been shut out just 14 times. Only five of those shutouts have come since 1963.

Pitt is now one of 19 current BCS programs that have had back-to-back draft shutouts since 2000.

Pitt's longest streak of consecutive drafts with at least one player selected was 31 years from 1963-1993. From 1977 to 1992, the Panthers had 92 players drafted, an average of 5.75 per year. Pitt peaked in 1981 with 12 players drafted, had nine selected in 1983, eight in 1978, and seven in 1988 and 1990.

In 2011 Pitt had its most drafted class since 2004 with five players selected. In 2004, Larry Fitzgerald led a group of six Panthers who were drafted. From 2000-11, 34 players were taken in the draft.

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