With their first selection on day three, the 117th overall pick, the Bucs selected safety Jordan Whitehead. Whitehead started at safety for Pittsburgh for three seasons before declaring for the draft in January.
His talent made him one of the Panthers’ top defenders, starting 30 of the 31 games he played in. Bucs general manager Jason Licht and company certainly think his talent can translate to the professional level.
Here are a few things to know about one of the newest members of the Bucs defense:
Whitehead was Pennsylvania’s No. 1 overall high school prospect according to Rivals. He also was the 6th ranked corner and 75th ranked player in the nation. He had offers from all over the country including powerhouse Alabama. However, he chose to stay home and play for Pitt, and it has seemed to work out well for him.
In high school, he was a playmaker on both sides of the ball for Central Valley High School, where he was a starter from his freshman year onward. He was extraordinarily prolific as a senior in his final season. He totaled 35 touchdowns, scoring five different ways… rushing, receiving, interception return, kickoff return, and punt return.
Whitehead had a decorated career at Pittsburgh as well.
He was a consensus Freshman All-American he was also named the ACC’s Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year. He became the first defensive player to be selected by ACSMA as the ACC Rookie of the Year since North Carolina cornerback Dre’ Bly in 1996. He was also an All-ACC second-team selection (2016) and an All-ACC honorable mention (2017).
Whitehead also has a famous NFL cousin Darrelle Revis. Whitehead followed in Revis’ footsteps by playing at the University of Pittsburgh. Now, he is following in his footsteps by playing in the NFL and but with Tampa Bay, where Revis played in 2013.
While the Bucs didn’t end up with FSU’s Derwin James, they did get their hard-hitting safety. He is a fearless downhill hitter.
He may just be 5- 10 and 198 pounds, but he can still lay out people coming across the middle.
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