Pair of Terps selected by Pittsburgh on final day of NFL draft

April 25, 2020 | WNST Staff


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland running back Anthony McFarland Jr. and defensive back Antoine Brooks Jr. were selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, which concluded on Saturday.

Both Terps were chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers with McFarland being selected in the fourth round at No. 124 overall and Brooks going in the sixth round at pick No. 198.

With Saturday’s selections, Maryland has now had at least one player chosen in 24 of the last 26 NFL Drafts. Multiple Terps have been selected in three straight and five of the last six years. Maryland has also seen at least one player selected in the first four rounds in three straight years, including placing players in the first round in both 2018 (DJ Moore, Panthers) and 2019 (Darnell Savage Jr., Packers).

McFarland is the highest drafted Terrapins running back since LaMont Jordan was chosen 49th overall by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He’s the 15th Terrapin running back all-time to be selected in the NFL Draft.

McFarland rushed for 1,648 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 23 career games in a Terrapin uniform. The DMV product ended his Maryland career ranking third all-time in program history by averaging 6.7 yards per carry. A 2018 Second Team All-Big Ten selection, McFarland starred during his redshirt freshman season in College Park, setting Maryland freshman records for rushing yards (1,034), rushing yards in a game (298 vs. Ohio State) and 100-yard rushing games (four).

Brooks, who participated in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection for the second straight year in 2019. The senior led the Big Ten and ranked ninth nationally with 69 solo tackles. He ranked third in the Big Ten among defensive backs with 87 total tackles. Brooks also tied for the team lead with five pass break-ups.

The Terps have had a defensive back selected in three of the last five NFL Drafts as Savage was chosen in the first round last year and Sean Davis was taken in the second round of the 2016 draft.

The Steelers currently have five former Maryland players on their roster as they drafted offensive lineman Derwin Gray in 2019 and also have running back Trey Edmunds and defensive lineman Cavon Walker on their roster.