Derwin Gray is officially the newest Terp in the NFL, after being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round of the NFL Draft Saturday afternoon as the 219th overall pick.
Gray starts the next chapter of his football career with the Steelers after four successful seasons in College Park. As a left tackle throughout his college career, Gray started 22 of 24 games in the last two years. This past season, he helped block for the third-best rushing offense in the Big Ten, accumulating over 200 rushing yards in six consecutive games and amassing 444 yards against Bowling Green, the program’s most rushing yards since 1999 against Virginia. Gray earned All-Big Ten honorable mentions in 2017 and 2018.
Coming in at 6’4 and 320 pounds, Gray totaled 26 bench press reps at the NFL combine. His size gives him power, and will be a huge contribution to his success in the NFL. He has also proven to be efficient with punch timing and is able to make his opponents work for his full length.
Gray will join former Maryland teammate Sean Davis in Pittsburgh, as well as fellow Terp Darrius Heyward-Bey. He becomes the fourth Maryland draftee this weekend, joining first-rounder Darnell Savage Jr., fifth-rounder Byron Cowart and sixth-rounder Ty Johnson.