The San Francisco 49ers selected Pitt All-America middle linebacker Scott McKillop with the 10th pick of the fifth round (No. 146 overall) of today’s NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound McKillop, a Kiski Area graduate, led the nation in tackles as a junior and was the Big East defensive player of the year as a senior.
McKillop joins two former Panthers with the 49ers, punter Andy Lee and cornerback Shawntae Spencer.
In the seventh round, the Arizona Cardinals selected Pitt running back LaRod Stephens-Howling with the 31st pick of the seventh round (No. 240 overall).
Stephens-Howling, a 5-foot-7, 185-pounder from Johnstown, started at tailback for the Panthers as a freshman and sophomore before backing up McCoy the past two seasons. Stephens-Howling starred on special teams, returning kickoffs and covering kickoff and punt returns, and ran an impressive 4.4-second 40-yard dash at Pitt’s Pro Day.
Finally, the Chicago Bears selected Pitt wide receiver Derek Kinder with a compensatory selection in the seventh round.
Kinder, a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, was chosen with the 42nd pick of the seventh round and 251st pick overall. An All-Big East choice as a junior in 2006, he missed the 2007 season with a torn ACL but returned for his senior year and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds at Pitt’s Pro Day.
Kinder was the fourth Panthers player selected in the NFL Draft, joining tailback McCoy (second, Philadelphia), Scott McKillop (fifth, San Francisco) and tailback Stephens-Howling (seventh, Arizona).
Another former Pitt player, running back Rashad Jennings, was chosen by Jacksonville one pick ahead of Kinder. Jennings played for the Panthers as a freshman in 2005, but transferred before his sophomore season to Division I-AA Liberty in his hometown of Lynchburg, Va.
Two Penn State receivers were selected in the third round and an offensive lineman in the fourth. The Detroit Lions took Derrick Williams with the 18th pick (No. 82 overall) and the Seattle Seahawks chose Deon Butler with the 27th pick (91st overall) of the third round, while guard Rich Ohrnberger was chosen by the New England Patriots with the 23rd pick of the fourth round (No. 123 overall). Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin was the No. 11 overall pick by the Buffalo Bills.
In the seventh round, the Steelers took another Nittany Lions player in center A.Q. Shipley, a Moon High graduate. He was picked with the first of the Steelers’ two seventh-round selections.
The 6-foot-1, 305-pound Shipley, a three-year starter for the Nittany Lions, won the Rimington Award as college football’s top center last season. He played nose tackle as a freshman at Penn State.
Also, the Indianapolis Colts selected West Virginia kicker Pat McAfee, a Plum High graduate, with the 13th pick of the seventh round (No. 222 overall).
McAfee was the second Mountaineers player picked in the seventh round, two picks after cornerback Ellis Lankster went to the Buffalo Bills, and third overall. Quarterback Pat White was drafted in the second round Saturday by the Miami Dolphins.
McAfee was the second WPIAL alum selected this year, following McKillop.