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Pitt DT Jaylen Twyman Gets Drafted In 6th Round By Minnesota Vikings

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It was nowhere near where he was expecting to get drafted but Jaylen Twyman is an NFL Draft pick.

The big defensive tackle will join former Pitt teammate Patrick Jones as Twyman was selected in the 6th round by the Minnesota Vikings.

Twyman was a productive player from the first time he stepped foot on Heinz Field for the Panthers. During his sophomore season, he was named first-team All-ACC honors after collecting 41 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 2 pass breakups and 12 tackles for loss. Those team leading 10.5 sacks were the most on Pitt, which made Twyman the first Pitt defensive lineman to lead the team in sacks since Aaron Donald.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Twyman decided to opt out of this past season, which looking back, no doubt contributed to Twyman’s slide in the draft. The Washington DC native also put on weight and didn’t have an impressive NFL Pro Day, aside from his performance in the bench press.

Twyman is considered to be a bit undersized and the question in the NFL will be whether or not he’ll be able to matchup up with the bigger NFL lineman, both with his strength and quickness.

Twyman becomes the first Pitt defensive tackle drafted since Aaron Donald in 2014 and with Weaver, Jones and Twyman gets drafted, it’s the first time since the 1990 NFL Draft that three Pitt defensive lineman get selected (Marc Spindler/3rd Round, Tom Sims/6th Round, Carnell Smith/11 Round).

 

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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James from Florida
James from Florida
2 months ago

I’m sure he will do well but he cost himself a ton of money by the opt out.

Paris Ford not drafted no surprise.

 
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