He started every game at left tackle again as a sophomore, earning First Team All-Big East honors. Pugh was first-team all-conference again in 2012 despite missing the first four games of the season to injury, and decided to capitalize on the momentum and declare for the NFL Draft with a year of eligibility remaining.
"My Syracuse career was the best four years of my life. My teammates, coaches, the staff and the fans have been great," Pugh said in announcing his decision. "I would not change anything about my decision to attend Syracuse or my career. I am so happy I came to Syracuse University. I will always be active in the Orange football program and the Syracuse community. I love the Orange. Go 'Cuse."
And with his degree in hand, Pugh earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
He is an intriguing prospect, but it became more evident at the Senior Bowl that his best position is probably inside at guard.
WEAKNESSES: Has the mobility and body control to protect the edge, but he has suspect core strength and struggles to properly use his hands to control rushers at the point of attack. Pugh also lacks the length (31.5-inch arms) and growth potential to convince NFL teams he can stay at left tackle. Needs to continue to fill out his frame and spend more time in the weight room. Left shoulder injury from 2012 warrants medical evaluation.