University of Pittsburgh cornerback Darrelle Revis, regarded as one of the nation's premier players at his position, will bypass his senior season with the Panthers and enter the 2007 NFL draft.
"Given the feedback we have received, we support Darrelle in his decision to apply for the NFL draft," Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said Wednesday. "Having coached in the NFL, I know what teams are looking for, and Darrelle has both the necessary tangibles and intangibles."
Underclass players have until Jan. 15 to declare for the draft and then have a two-day window after that to rescind their request.
A three-year starter, Revis, 21, possesses prototype size (6 feet, 200 pounds), plays even faster than his stopwatch speed and has terrific coverage techniques. He is projected by most scouts as no worse than a second-round choice and could be selected in the first round, since cornerback is such a premium position.
A native of Aliquippa, Pa., which has produced several NFL players, including cornerback Ty Law, Revis plays a physical style in coverage and is not shy about coming up to support the run.
For his career, Revis has 129 tackles, eight interceptions and 32 passes defensed. He has also returned punts on occasion.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.