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Five Total Panthers Selected in 2011 NFL Draft




April 30, 2011

PITTSBURGH—Three more Pitt players were drafted on Saturday, giving the Panthers a total of five selections in the 2011 NFL Draft.

The five picks marked the most for Pitt since the 2004 draft when the Panthers had six players selected.

Saturday’s selections included running back Dion Lewis (Philadelphia Eagles) and offensive lineman Jason Pinkston (Cleveland Browns) in the fifth round, and defensive end Greg Romeus (New Orleans Saints) in the seventh.

Previously going in the draft were receiver Jon Baldwin (first round, Kansas City Chiefs) and defensive end Jabaal Sheard (second round, Cleveland Browns).

Lewis (Albany, N.Y./Blair Academy) enrolled at Pitt in 2009 following a prep school year and went on to rush for nearly 3,000 yards in just two seasons. He was the country’s most decorated freshman in 2009 after rushing for 1,799 yards, the second-highest single-season total in Pitt history.


 

 

In 2010 Lewis rushed for 1,061 yards, giving him a two-year total of 2,860, which broke LeSean McCoy’s school record for combined rushing yards as a freshman and sophomore. (McCoy, now of the Philadelphia Eagles, rushed for 2,816 from 2007-08.) Lewis finished his career ranked fourth on Pitt’s all-time career rushing yardage list.

Pinkston (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) was a cornerstone on the Pitt offensive line the past three years as a starting left tackle. He made 41 career starts, including 26 consecutive games to close his career. Pinkston was a two-time first-team All-Big East selection and played in the Senior Bowl.

Romeus (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Glades) was a 2010 preseason All-America candidate before injuries limited him to just two games as a senior. As a junior he was named Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year after compiling 43 tackles, 11.5 TFLs, eight sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception.

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