The Pitt defensive line had a strong season in 2019, despite losing two of its staring four early in the year to injury.
Defensive end Rashad Weaver missed the entire season with a knee injury, and in the season opener against Virginia, defensive tackle Keyshon Camp was also lost for the season with a knee ailment.
Camp left the game against the Cavaliers midway through the third quarter, but he made a significant impact against the eventual Coastal Division champs.
Keyshon Camp certainly made the most of his defensive snaps against UVA in Week 1. pic.twitter.com/8jc3bPA3Dg
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 3, 2019
When Camp has been on the field, he’s been absolutely dominant. In addition to his absurd three quarters against Virginia, he had two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss while splitting time with Amir Watts in just six games in an injury-shortened 2018 season.
Even considering the time missed due to injury, that’s made Camp a top prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft at a position that’s always in demand.
Player Spotlight — Pitt DL Keyshon Camp
Hometown: Lakeland, Fl
High School: Lake Gibson
Camp recorded a sack, 4 QB hits and a hurry in his lone game last season before injury, on just 19 total plays.
He's a Day 1 NFL draft prospect. pic.twitter.com/DinpUM63NL
— SixthYearSports (@SixthYearSports) May 24, 2020
In fact, at least one evaluator believes that Camp could be the most coveted member of a returning defense that also includes NFL Draft prospects Paris Ford, Damar Hamlin, Patrick Jones II, Jaylen Twyman, and Rashad Weaver.
Top 10 #Pittsburgh returners in 2020
1. Keyshon Camp, DI
2. Paris Ford, S
3. Patrick Jones III, LB
4. Jalen Twyman, DI
5. Damarri Mathis, CB
6. Cam Bright, LB
7. Kenny Pickett, QB
8. Jimmy Morrissey, C
9. Damar Hamlin, CB
10. Taysir Mack, WR
That defense, whoa
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) March 28, 2020
If Camp is able to put together a full season of production at the same level that he’s shown in smaller sample sizes, that could very well be true, given how highly sought after defensive tackles are at the next level.
In the 2020 NFL Draft, nine defensive tackles were taken in the first three rounds, and a total of 20 were drafted altogether.
The biggest factor in Camp joining that group will likely be showing that he can stay healthy for a full season. If he can, it’ll likely make four Pitt defensive linemen that hear their names called next April.