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Look Ahead to 2021 NFL Draft: Keyshon Camp

Look Ahead to 2021 NFL Draft: Keyshon Camp

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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