April 30, 2011

Greg Romeus, defensive end, Pitt

Greg Romeus, defensive end, Pitt, 226th overall pick, 23rd in the seventh round
6'5", 264, 4.79 40

Once a top prospect, a disastrous decision to return to Pittsburgh for his senior season has cost Romeus dearly.


A back injury knocked him out of fall practice, he gave it a go in the opener but struggled with the pain, and opted for back surgery. In his first game back in November, Romeus tore his ACL. Throw in the loss of his mother in a battle with cancer, and Romeus' senior season was one he'd quickly like to put behind him. 

Without much senior game film and without any offseason workouts, Romeus' stock was in free fall this draft season. Outside of the major injury concerns, Romeus is a textbook pro right defensive end. 

He's got powerful, very long 35" arms and in 2009 was Big East Defensive Player of the Year with 11.5 TFL, 8 sacks, INT, FR, 3 FF and a blocked kick. 

When healthy he is an accomplished pass rusher and is a zero risk pick on day three, yet with no guarantee he'll be ready to play as a rookie.  No Saint draft pick would benefit more from the lifted lockout than Romeus- he needs to get in the Saints' training room immediately.  

NOPF predicted the Saints would take the plummeting Romeus in v4.0 of our 2011 mock draft.

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