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April 27, 2011

McClain, other USF draft hopefuls hope to hear name called Thursday

Former USF defensive tackle Terrell McClain has shot up draft boards since his senior season with the Bulls.

The 6-foot-2, 297 pounder, who's worked out with several teams, including the New England Patriots and the hometown Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has worked his way up to a potential second-round selection in the NFL Draft, which starts tomorrow at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

In last month's pro day at USF, McClain shaved a fraction off his 40-yard dash time from the 5.02 he ran at the NFL combine in February. He also impressed NFL scouts at the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl earlier this year.

"I never thought I'd make it to this point but right now I'm just trying to take it all in," McClain said after pro day late last month. "I'm a very humble person and I'm truly blessed for every day the lord gives to me to do this."

McClain is one of a handful of former Bulls hoping to hear their name called this weekend. Defensive back Mistral Raymond, wide receiver Dontavia Bogan, linebacker Jacquain Williams, defensive ends Craig Marshall and David Bedford, and offensive lineman Jacob Sims, Jamar Bass, and Sampson Genus are the other key members of last year's Bulls who hope to get drafted.

The Bulls set a school record with five picks from last year's draft, including the highest ever pick, Jason Pierre-Paul taken 15th overall by the New York Giants.


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