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Look Ahead to 2021 NFL Draft: Paris Ford

Look Ahead to 2021 NFL Draft: Paris Ford

Pitt could have lost both of its starting safeties after the 2019 season, with Damar Hamlin out of eligibility and Paris Ford a potential 2020 NFL Draft pick despite having just completed his redshirt sophomore season.

Hamlin’s fate for 2020 lied mostly with the NCAA, which he successfully petitioned for a fifth season of eligibility.

Ford, however, made his own decision to spurn the NFL’s advances and return to the Panthers. That decision will be a boon for Pitt, which will now return what could be the best starting safety duo in the country.

It also could help Ford, who is now being talked about as a player that could be taken in the first two rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Ford (6-foot, 190 pounds) showed his impact potential in 2019, leading Pitt with three interceptions and forcing two fumbles while also leading the Panthers in overall tackles with 97.

In addition to his splash plays, he showed a willingness to be a heavy hitter that belies his size and quickness.

With another season to progress, Ford could end up as one of the highest drafted Pitt safeties ever.

Pitt’s last first-round defensive back was Darrelle Revis, who was selected No. 14 overall in 2007. Tim Lewis, the only other Pitt defensive back selected in the first round, went No. 11 in 1983. But both of those players, along with 1992 No. 30 Steve Israel, were cornerbacks.

Pitt’s highest-drafted safety was Quintin Jones, who went No. 48 overall to the Houston Oilers in 1988. With Ford projected as a Top 50 player, he could easily challenge that mark.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Justin Dietrich
Justin Dietrich
5 months ago

Weaver should be on that Dawg list

Raymond Hooks
Raymond Hooks
5 months ago

Ford and Hamlin are THE BEST safety tandem in the country…hands down no question about it. Love seeing PITT players doing great but it’s even more special when they are Hometown Heroes!

Mtgj
Mtgj
5 months ago

I haven’t been this excited for a Pitt football season in a decade which is why I’m certain this virus will ruin the season. That would be par for the course as a Pitt fan.

Kevin
Kevin
5 months ago
Reply to  Mtgj

I hear ya! This is the best Pitt team, on paper, in 25 years. Typical luck of Pitt Football to find a once in 100 year way to ruin it. H2P

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[…] With one other season of development below his belt, and a discount in penalties that might result in elevated taking part in time, Ford could become the highest-drafted Pitt safety ever in 2021. […]

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