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2021 NFL Draft Profile: Pitt DE Rashad Weaver



Before the 2020 season, defensive end Rashad Weaver’s status as an NFL prospect was questionable following an ACL tear that kept him out the entire 2019 season. But the edge rusher from Fort Lauderdale came back with a remarkable performance in 2020. Weaver took him consensus All-American honors, a first-team All-ACC selection, and a semifinal spot for the Bednarik Award behind 35 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in just nine games.

Playing in 35 career games with the Panthers, Weaver racked up 34.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumbles recoveries. Along with being a skilled pass rusher, Weaver is valuable in breaking up passes at the line, collecting nine pass breakups during his time at Pitt. This, combined with size and power, gives Weaver the chance to be the first off the board in stacked Pitt defensive line class.

Pro Day Results

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 259 pounds

40-yard: 4.83 seconds

Bench: 20 reps

3-cone: 6.98 seconds

Broad jump: 9 feet, 6 inches

Vertical: 33 inches

Draft Projection

Weaver will most likely be selected between rounds four and five in the draft, with a slight chance to sneak his way into Day 2 with a late third-round spot. Here is his draft ranking charted by NFL Mock Draft Database:

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