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2021 NFL draft: Rams draft Maryland running back Jake Funk in seventh round

The Los Angeles Rams took Maryland running back Jake Funk in the seventh round of the NFL draft Saturday.

Funk, the No. 233 overall selection, made the most of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season in his fifth year of eligibility. The Gaithersburg native led the Big Ten Conference in yards per carry (8.6) and ranked second in rushing yards per game (129.0).

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Playing behind a handful for NFL running backs, Funk had a limited role for much of his Terps career. He also twice tore the ACL in his left knee. But in four games last year, he ran for 516 yards and three touchdowns, including a 221-yard rushing performance against Minnesota.

At his pro day, the 5-foot-10, 205-pound Funk was told he ran as fast as a 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 22 times and leapt 122 inches and 38 inches in the broad jump and vertical jump, respectively, impressive marks for his position.

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Steelers add New Town graduate Quincy Roche

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected New Town graduate and Miami edge rusher Quincy Roche in the sixth round.

Roche, a Randallstown native, was a two-sport star in football and basketball, earning all-state honors after recording a school-record 19 sacks as a senior. He also helped lead the Titans to back-to-back Class 2A state basketball titles his junior and senior season.

University of Miami defensive lineman Quincy Roche runs a drill during the first day of spring practice.
University of Miami defensive lineman Quincy Roche runs a drill during the first day of spring practice. (Susan Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

The 6-3, 245-pound Roche, selected 216th overall, recorded 30 ½ sacks as an All-American Athletic Conference player in three seasons at Temple before transferring to Miami. In one season with the Hurricanes, he totaled 4 ½ sacks and 45 tackles, earning third-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors.

Cardinals pick Boys’ Latin graduate Dimukeje

The Arizona Cardinals selected Boys’ Latin graduate and Duke defensive end Victor Dimukeje in the sixth round.

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Dimukeje, who moved from Lagos, Nigeria, to Owings Mills when he was 8 years old, started all 49 games at Duke and was an All-ACC selection in 2019 and 2020. The 6-foot-1, 262-pound Dimukeje, taken 210th overall, registered 21.5 sacks and 36 tackles for loss in four seasons with the Blue Devils.

Arizona's Gary Brightwell participates in the school's pro day football workout for NFL scouts Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Arizona's Gary Brightwell participates in the school's pro day football workout for NFL scouts Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) (Rick Scuteri)

Giants select St. Frances graduate Brightwell

The New York Giants selected Arizona running back and St. Frances graduate Gary Brightwell in the sixth round.

Brightwell, a native of Chester, Pennsylvania, was named to The Baltimore Sun’s All-Metro football first-team offense in 2016 after rushing for 6.7 yards per carry as a senior. The 5-foot-11, 218-pound Brightwell, taken 196th overall, rushed for 1,305 yards and nine touchdowns in four years at Arizona.

Florida State defensive end Joshua Kaindoh was given the honor of smashing a rock that symbolized the team reaching a goal on Saturday. Kaindoh has overcome injuries and off-the-field issues to make his presence known with the Seminoles.
Florida State defensive end Joshua Kaindoh was given the honor of smashing a rock that symbolized the team reaching a goal on Saturday. Kaindoh has overcome injuries and off-the-field issues to make his presence known with the Seminoles. (KYLE PULEK)

Baltimore native Kaindoh headed to Kansas City

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Florida State edge rusher and Baltimore native Joshua Kaindoh in the fourth round.

Kaindoh, a one-time Maryland commit, played at Mount Carmel before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida.

The 6-6, 260-pound Kaindoh, taken 144th overall, was limited to just 10 games in his final two seasons at Florida State because of injuries. He totaled eight sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss in four years with the Seminoles.

Columbia native McPhearson goes to Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Texas Tech cornerback and Columbia native Zech McPhearson in the fourth round.

McPhearson, whose brother Gerrick Jr. played at Maryland, played alongside former Virginia Tech offensive tackle and first-round draft pick Christian Darrisaw at Riverdale Baptist in Prince George’s County. He played for three seasons at Penn State before joining the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech defensive back Zech McPhearson (8) during an NCAA football game against Arizona on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 in Tuscon, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Texas Tech defensive back Zech McPhearson (8) during an NCAA football game against Arizona on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 in Tuscon, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) (Rick Scuteri/AP)

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound McPhearson, taken No. 123 overall, was named a first-team All-Big 12 Conference selection as a senior. He had four interceptions and broke up six other passes in 10 starts.

This story will be updated with more local selections.

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