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WATCH: Former Pitt CB M.J. Devonshire Shows Emotion on Draft Day



Pitt cornerback M.J. Devonshire.

M.J. Devonshire may have waited a little longer than he’d have liked to hear his name called in the 2024 NFL Draft, but that didn’t take away any of the significance of being the most recent NFL Draft pick from Pitt.

Devonshire — a 5-foot-11, 190-pound cornerback from Aliquippa, Pa. — was selected with the 229th pick in the NFL Draft by the Las Vegas Raiders, and even Raiders head coach Antonio Pierce could hear how emotional Devonshire was.

“I hear it in your voice, man, come on,” Raiders head coach Antonio Pierce said over the phone.

Devonshire held a large draft party with his friends and family, which was attended by former Pitt and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker SirVocea Dennis, and he finally heard his name called on Day 3 — following former teammates Matt Goncalves (Indianapolis Colts) and Bub Means (New Orleans Saints).

Devonshire was one of the top Pitt prospects entering the 2023 season, following a standout season in 2022, and while he experienced his fair share of ups and downs, he showcased a blend of speed, playmaking and improved press coverage ability that appealed to NFL teams.

In his Pitt career, following his first two seasons at Kentucky, he finished with 83 tackles (51 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, eight interceptions (three returned for touchdowns) and 21 pass breakups. He was an All-ACC punt returner in 2022. And he was also one of the most iconic — and impactful — defensive backs in recent memory.

He is just the latest Pitt defensive back to be drafted in recent seasons, joining the likes of Damar Hamlin, Dane Jackson, Damarri Mathis, Brandon Hill, Erick Hallett, Jason Pinnock, Jordan Whitehead and Avonte Maddox.

And he followed in the footsteps of his idols Ty Law and Darrelle Revis, who are both Pro Football Hall of Famers, to make it to the NFL out of Aliquippa.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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1 month ago

Honestly, he was the only one I believe deserved to be picked.

Clark Martineau
Clark Martineau
1 month ago
Reply to  Adam

Liked that pick 6 against West Virginia.

Cignetti & Friends
Cignetti & Friends
29 days ago

Wow he showed emotion. Who cares.

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