Former New Town star Roche drafted by Steelers; Kaindoh headed to Kansas City; Arizona selects BL’s Dimujeke in sixth round
Quincy Roche grew up a Baltimore Ravens fan. The former New Town High star’s allegiance to the hometown team changed Saturday as Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.
“I am in a house full of Ravens fans. I told them today I don’t even want to see the color purple,” Roche said. “I have someone dropping off Terrible Towels to me tonight.”
Roche was one of three locals selected on the final day of the draft. Josh Kaindoh, who played for Mount Carmel as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida was taken in the fourth round (No. 144) by two-time reigning AFC champ Kansas City.
Kaindoh, a 6-foot-7, 265-pound defensive end, had 59 tackles and eight tackles in four seasons at Florida State University. He opted for the draft after his redshirt junior season in 2020.
A consensus five-star prospect coming out of IMG, Kaindoh’s production wasn’t overwhelming. The Chiefs believe Kaindoh has the athleticism and length to develop into a contributor.
Victor Dimujeke, a 2017 Boys’ Latin School grad, was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round (No. 210). Dimujeke starred at Duke where he totaled 166 tackles and 21.5 sacks (second in school history) and started all four seasons.
The Cardinals hope Dimujeke, VSN’s No. 3 Defensive End of the Decade (2010-11 to 2019-20), can contribute as an edge rusher.
“I know how to set the edge at my size and I have better leverage. And I can cover, too,” said Dimujeke. “My all-around game, I feel like it’s a good fit for this defense.”
Projected as a first or second rounder on several mock drafts before the 2020 season, Roche was taken as the 216th overall pick. After starring for three seasons at Temple, where he was the American Athletic Conference (AAC) Defensive Player of the Year in 2019, Roche transferred to Miami.
He started 10 games in 2020 for the Hurricanes, compiling 45 tackles, including 14.5 for a loss (third in Atlantic Coast Conference) and 4.5 sacks. He was tied for the ACC lead with three forced fumbles and he had two fumble recoveries.
Primarily a defensive end, Roche, 6-3 and 245 pounds, will be an outside linebacker for the Steelers.
“It’s a huge blessing to be drafted in any round. I expected to go higher in the draft. It was a long three days sitting on the couch,” said Roche. “That is the story of my life. I wasn’t highly recruited coming out of high school. I had to earn a starting role at Temple. I always had to prove myself and just work a little bit harder. It’s nothing new to me.”
Two other locals, Jaret Patterson and Shaq Smith, will try to find a NFL roster spot as an undrafted free agent.
Patterson will sign with the Washington Football Team. The former St. Vincent Pallotti running back, rushed for 1,072 yards this past season for the University of Buffalo, including a 409-yard and eight touchdown performance against Kent State. The 409 yard showing was the second-best single-game performance in FBS history and two-game total of 710 rushing yards is most in FBS history.
Patterson, the Mid-American Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2020, rushed for 3,884 yards and 52 touchdowns in three seasons. He was selected third-team on the Associated Press All-American Team.
According to reports, Smith, who played one season each at Calvert Hall College and St. Frances Academy, will sign with the New Orleans Saints. He played linebacker the past two seasons at Maryland after being a reserve at Clemson.
Smith was a highly-touted freshman at Calvert Hall in 2012, then transferred to St. Frances. He left the area for IMG Academy where he was rated a four-star prospect and nation’s No. 3 inside linebacker in the Class of 2016.