George Selvie, South Florida



South Florida


Ht: 6’ 3” 245 lbs.

Strengths: Elite Burst, Closing Speed, Tackling, Experience, Production

Weaknesses: Strength, Speed, Above-Average Athleticism, Frame/Size, Pass Rush Moves

By Daryl Breault

South Florida’s George Selvie is still living off his monster 2007 season when he led the country with 31.5 TFL and 14.5 sacks. Coming off a freshman year that saw him post 84 tackles, 14.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks, Selvie was expected to be a star in 2008 and cement a spot in the top half of the NFL Draft. His success worked against him, not to mention an ankle sprain, as teams directed more attention his way and his numbers suffered, falling to 14.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks.

This year has been a huge disappointment as Selvie has failed to produce despite playing opposite rising star Jason Pierre-Paul. Neither had gotten the pressure expected, let alone needed, and Selvie has three sacks and Pierre-Paul only 1. Selvie’s 7.5 TFL put him on pace to be well below his career averages. As a result, Selvie has seen his stock plummet.

He was named USF’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2006 and won numerous accolades in his breakout 2007 season: Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Associated Press, Coaches, ESPN, Walter Camp, Football Writers, CBS and Rivals 1st Team All-American, Hendricks and Nagurski finalist, Bill Willis trophy award winner, Tampa Amateur Male Athlete of the Year by the Sports Club of Tampa Bay, and established the USF and Big East Conference single-season records for TFL with 31.5. Despite the drop in statistics and the injury in 2008 he still earned 1st Team All American from the Coaches Association and 2nd Team from Walter Camp as well as consensus All-Big East selection.

Speed, speed and more speed. Selvie is just too fast for many OT to handle 1-on-1 and as a result Selvie faces extra attention on nearly every play. He is arguably the fastest player in college football off the snap and closes in the blink of an eye. He seems to surprise QB’s at times, getting to them before they expect to get hit and will use his long arms to attack the ball carriers hands. Forced 3 fumbles in each of his first two years but has only 2 in the last year and half. Excellent hand usage allows him to split the double team to make plays and faces double teams on 75% of his plays. Makes quite a few tackles, and TFL, chasing runners down and while his athleticism is good but not great but he compensates with sound tackling and surprisingly strong arm tackles. Early production made him tough to ignore but his recent body of work is under whelming.

Despite all of the gaudy stats, Selvie may not be able to play either DE or LB as a pro. He hustles and chases but does not possess elite speed to keep up with TE and RB. He lacks great change of direction skills for coverage and has little experience dropping back. It’s a bit of a stretch to see him ever developing into a reliable defender in coverage. He has a natural core strength but has little ability to anchor against the run and no bull rush. Usually lines up wide of the tackle to take advantage of burst but lacks a variety of pass rush moves. Does not pop a ball carrier and is more of a drag down type.

Selvie has been passed by other South Florida defenders like CB Jerome Murphy, FS Nate Allen and the aforementioned Pierre-Paul. Right now it appears like Selvie has no position and no shot at a high pick, topping out as a situational pass rusher. Expect him to hear his name called sometime after the first 65 picks.