Former Pitt and Quaker Valley cornerback Dane Jackson was drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the 239th pick in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Saturday.
Jackson, a 6-foot, 187-pound corner, was a three-year starter for the Panthers after playing quarterback in high school and redshirting as a true freshman and serving as a part-time starter in 2016.
In four years, he had 149 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 39 passes defended
As a senior, he was an All-ACC selection and then was invited to the Senior Bowl, where he raised his prospect stock with an impressive workouts performance.
Jackson became the fifth former WPIAL player to be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, following Imani Christian’s Kenny Robinson, who went to the Carolina Panthers and McKeesport’s Khaleke Hudson, who was selected by the Washington Redskins, both in the fifth round, and New Castle’s Geno Stone by the Baltimore Ravens and Pine-Richland’s Ben DiNucci earlier in the seventh round.
DiNucci, who transferred to James Madison after three years Pitt and Jackson were the first two Pitt players selected.