Pitt's Jaylen Twyman Opts Out, Declares For 2021 Draft

Jaylen Twyman
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pitt defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman opted out of the 2020 season on Saturday.

But it wasn’t just an opt-out.

It was also his official declaration for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Twyman spent his collegiate career at Pitt, and now the redshirt junior is making the leap.

But it might've been a little earlier than he may have wanted.

COVID-19 has caused mounting pressure on college football, and many of the programs are starting to back into a corner with how to handle the pandemic safely and little time remaining.

Other notable 2021 draft-eligible players, such as Caleb Farley and Micah Parsons, have already opted out to prepare for the draft.

Highly touted quarterback Trey Lance is facing a similar decision after the Missouri Valley Football Conference reported a program cancellation.

To add insult to injury, the MAC has canceled its football season outright in hopes of trying to re-establish in the spring.

Twyman will now start his path to the NFL Draft a little earlier than most prospects in years past, but he’s in good standing so far in the process.

Twyman has received first-round grades and could become a high pick after the process really gets underway.

Next February could be a golden opportunity for Twyman with the annual Combine at his disposal.

Twyman is officially listed on the Pitt Panthers website as a defensive lineman at 290 pounds and standing at 6 foot 2 inches.
During his time at Pitt, Twyman received numerous prestigious nominations for his on-field performance:
  • All-America Candidate
  • Outland Trophy Candidate 
  • Bronko Nagurski Trophy Candidate 
  • Chuck Bednarik Award Candidate

Forever, Thankful. ----#TGSM pic.twitter.com/PBovYxjLfc

— JT (@JaylenTwyman) August 8, 2020

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