Dane Jackson Taken by Bills in NFL Draft; Several Others Agree to Terms as Free Agents

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On Saturday afternoon, the 2020 NFL Draft was winding down and Dane Jackson had not been selected yet. The former Pitt Cornerback was expected to be taken at some point on the third day of the draft, but the number of remaining picks was rapidly dwindling. Finally, over halfway through the 7th and final round, the Buffalo Bills took him at 239th overall. At least one source projected Jackson to be taken much earlier in the 5th round, and his freefall put the Panthers at risk of not having a player selected in the draft for the first time since 2013. Instead, the selection marked the seventh consecutive year in which the Panthers had a player selected in the draft. 

Dane Jackson marks the 11th Pitt player and 3rd Pitt Defensive Back ever taken by Buffalo in the NFL or AFL draft. Other former Panthers taken by the Bills include College Football Hall of Famer and 9-time Pro Bowler Ruben Brown and longtime NFL Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer who would win an AFL title with them in 1965. Jackson also became the third player brought to Pitt by Pat Narduzzi to be drafted into the NFL. 2015 grad transfer Nathan Peterman became the first in 2017 when he was also drafted by the Bills. Jordan Whitehead, a member

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