In the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft (No. 199 overall), the Minnesota Vikings selected Pittsburgh defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman.
Twyman played two seasons for Pittsburgh (2018-19) before opting out of the 2020 campaign and declaring for the draft.
In 21 games with the Panthers, Twyman registered 57 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. He exploded onto the scene in 2019, tallying 12 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks, becoming Pittsburgh’s first interior lineman to lead the team in sacks since Aaron Donald in 2013.
At Pittsburgh’s pro day March 18, Twyman racked up 40 bench-press reps of 225 pounds, which bested Donald’s mark by five repetitions. He was nine reps shy of the NFL combine record of 49. He also posted a 32.5-inch vertical and 5.40-second 40-yard dash.
Minnesota, which does not currently hold any more picks in the 2021 draft, chose 11 players – six on offense and five on defense.
The Vikings selected one linebacker (Chazz Surratt) two EDGE players (Patrick Jones II, Janarius Robinson) and one cornerback (Camryn Bynum) on defense before taking Twyman.