In 2007, South Florida defensive end George Selvie terrorized quarterbacks in the Big East, finishing his sophomore season with 14.5 sacks. Thereafter, teams began to double-team and triple-team him. So his production naturally dropped.
In 2009, newcomer Jason Pierre-Paul benefited from all the attention paid to Selvie, and Pierre-Paul parlayed one season into a top-15 pick based on potential more than production.
Meanwhile, Selvie slid all the way to round seven and St. Louis. In his first conference call as a member of the Rams, he suggested that injury issues affected him last season, too.
“People say you might have [gone] higher,” Selvie said. “Well, woulda coulda shoulda, it doesn’t matter now. I’m in this position, I’m a St. Louis Ram, and I’m happy where I’m at.”
The Rams could end up being happy, too.