The Pitt Panthers have their first player drafted in the 2021 NFL Draft.
All-American defensive end Patrick Jones was selected in the 3rd round (90th selection) by the Minnesota Vikings. Jones becomes the first Pitt defensive end drafted since Greg Romeus was a 7th round pick of the New Orleans Saints in the 2011 NFL Draft.
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— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) May 1, 2021
The 2020 first team All-ACC defensive end finished his career at Pitt with 117 tackles, 22 sacks and five forced fumbles. Jones was a starter on Pat Narduzzi’s defense for the last two seasons.
Following this past season, many people had different opinions on where Jones would get selected, as it ranged early one as a late first round pick to most recently going between the fourth and fifth rounds.
Patrick Jones (@P_jones9) is a speedy, high motor player with excellent instincts. He'll likely start out as a rotational pass rusher, and has starter potential down the line pic.twitter.com/2yfjHIp03A
— Mike Tannenbaum (@RealTannenbaum) May 1, 2021
Minnesota hopes they filled the need for edge rusher with Pitt’s Patrick Jones. Jones was a terrific pass rusher the past two years and though he did not test well during pro day workouts, Jones is a real good football player. https://t.co/CrrQy8eFgx
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) May 1, 2021
Jones becomes the second Pitt player to get picked high by the Vikings in the last couple seasons. In 2018, right tackle Brian O’Neill was selected in the 2nd Round.