Former Maryland linebacker Marcus Whitfield will sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall announced in a congratulatory tweet on Saturday evening.
Happy to hear that @YungTerp41 will be signing with the Jaguars. Proud of you and get it done!— Randy Edsall (@RandyEdsall) May 11, 2014
Whitfield was not selected during the seven rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft.
After two seasons as a contributor in 2011 and 2012, Whitfield broke out during his redshirt senior season in College Park. He finished with 48 total tackles and 9.0 sacks in 2013, one of the lone constants in a linebacking corps that was plagued by injury.
Whitfield drew interest at Maryland's pro day with a solid set of measurables. He registered 18 reps in the bench press, 33 inches in the vertical leap, and a team-best 10 feet, five inches in the long jump. But where does he think he excelled?
"In the position drills, especially in the position drills with the DBs so that I can move my hips more," Whitfield said. "Instead of my specialty as a pass rusher, they can see that I can also pass coverage."
At 6-3, 235 pounds, Whitfield showed throughout the season that he can do that--rush the passer. His ability to do so, even beyond the nine sacks he registered, was part of the reason Maryland's secondary was able to hold up in the face of mounting injuries over the course of the year.
The question for Whitfield will be his ability to stop the run consistently and help out in defending the pass, which he felt like he showed during his workouts.
"All you need is one team," he said. "That's it."
And it appears that team could be Jacksonville.