Piscitelli, Koets drafted

Piscitelli, Koets drafted

For the first time in two years an Oregon State Beaver was selected on the first day of the draft when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected safety Sabby Piscitelli in the second round (64th overall). Piscitelli is the first safety to be drafted from Oregon State since Armon Hatcher (1995-98) was drafted in 1999 by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round.


Piscitelli will be returning home as he played prep ball in Boca Raton, Fla. where he grew up cheering for the Buccaneers with his family and friends. Tampa Bay loves Piscitelli's hitting ability as they are trying to get meaner in the secondary. Scouts have compared Piscitelli to St. Louis' Terrence Holt, but some people are reminded of former Bucs safety John Lynch.

"There's a lot of upside [to him]," Tampa Bay head coach John Gruden said. "He's Pac-10 All-Conference. Watching him against USC, the number one-team in the country – Oregon State beat them this year and he was a big reason why. The guy played tremendous football in key situations.

"He will hit you. He seems to enjoy it, and he plays the game with speed. They do a lot of things at Oregon State, a credit to their defensive scheme; they have a system that he's handled well. He's been a physical tackler, and he's intercepted and recovered a lot of balls. He's an opportunistic guy that we need back there."

Piscitelli is expected to help out on special teams immediately.

Offensive tackle Adam Koets become the second and last OSU player selected in the 2007 draft when the New York Giants drafted him in the sixth round (189th overall). Koets is the first offensive lineman drafted since Doug Nienhuis (2001-04) was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round last in 2005.

"Adam Koets is a very interesting guy in that he played left tackle at a very high level at Oregon State," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "He is a guy that is athletic, that has done a good job in pass protection.

"We think he's a guy that has great upside and has it all in front of him. He's very smart. You want to put a little strength into his game and teach him a run blocker as well as a pass protector. So there is some developmental

Quarterback Matt Moore and tight end Joe Newton went undrafted, but are expected to sign free agent contracts shortly.



Notes:

  • Oregon State has had at least one player drafted for seven consecutive years.
  • In last year's draft receiver Mike Hass and linebacker Keith Ellison were drafted.
  • The son of former Oregon State quarterback Joe Francies (1955-57), Hawaii defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis, was drafted by Detroit in the second round.

Newspaper articles:

NFL.com's Gil Brandt's analysis:

On Piscitelli -" Piscitelli grew up in Florida and played prep football there. He's built more like a lineman than a defensive back. He ran the short shuttle in 3.90 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.84 -- two big indicators of possible success in the league. Physcially, he doesn't look that fast. He has very good ball skills."

On Koets - "He has long arms, very good technique and 5.08 speed. He needs to improve his strength and be competitive on every down."

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