Cincinnati Football: Ivan Pace Jr headlines former Bearcats hoping to get selected in NFL Draft

Cincinnati Bearcats linebacker Ivan Pace Jr at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. USA Today.
Cincinnati Bearcats linebacker Ivan Pace Jr at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. USA Today. /
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There are several former Cincinnati Bearcats looking to get selected in the upcoming NFL Draft including AAC Defensive Player of the Year and All-American linebacker Ivan Pace Jr!

Despite being labeled undersized at the linebacker position, Pace’s draft stock has continued to rise after impressive performances at the Senior Bowl and Pro Day in recent months.

Pace became the second consecutive Bearcat to secure AAC Defensive Player of the Year and went onto receive the Senior Bowl Defensive MVP award following a historical campaign.

Stay tuned for coverage throughout the week as dozens of Cincinnati products look to secure a spot at the next level. The draft is set to begin on Thursday at 8:00 PM on ESPN and fuboTV.

Cincinnati Football: Ivan Pace Jr headlines former Bearcats hoping to get selected in NFL Draft

After becoming the first unanimous All-American in program history, Pace decided to declare for the draft in December and is projected to be the first Bearcat selected this weekend!

During his lone season at Cincinnati, Pace compiled a team-best 136 total tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks including a team-high 16 tackles in the Fenway Bowl in December.

Cincinnati Football: Bearcats All-American linebacker Ivan Pace Jr prepares for NFL Draft

Pace showed off his elite ability in a win over Indiana with 15 tackles and 2.5 sacks en route to earning AAC Defensive Player of the Week and Bednarik National Player of the Week.

The Cincinnati native and former Miami linebacker finished his career with 306 tackles and 20 sacks in 35 games. Pace spent three seasons at Miami before joining the Bearcats last year.

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