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Get to know fourth-round pick Troy Pride Jr.


The Panthers started Day 3 of the NFL Draft with the same strategy they used on the first two days — solidify the defense. That's why Carolina used the 113th overall pick to select Notre Dame cornerback Troy Pride, Jr.

Over the last four years, Pride totaled 121 tackles, four interceptions and 18 pass breakups for the Irish, while earning All-Independent honors as a senior in 2019.

Before Pride starts lurking in the Carolina secondary, get to know the newest Panther.

On the field and the track

If you turn on Pride's tape, one thing immediately stands out: the kid can fly.

It makes sense, considering he was a sprinter on Notre Dame's track team. In 2018, he qualified for the ACC Indoor Championship with a blistering 6.73-second 60-meter dash. Pride's success on the track dates back to high school, too, where he was a two-time state champion in the 400-meter dash, on top of also winning state titles in the 200-meter and 100-meter dash.

That pure top-end speed translated to the football field for Pride, and in February, he clocked a 4.40-second 40-yard dash at the Combine to rank fifth-fastest among defensive backs.

Heading home

Pride played his prep ball just down the road at Greer High School in South Carolina.

While at Greer, Pride helped the Yellow Jackets to back-to-back perfect, 10-win regular seasons for the first time in school history and four consecutive Region II-AAA titles.

A passion for the camera

During his time at Notre Dame, Pride majored in film, television and theatre in the College of Arts and Letters. Not exactly a typical major for athletes, but Pride said he wants to get into the world of broadcasting and hopes his major helps.

With all this time on his hands during quarantine, it's allowed him to dive into shows like "Money Heist" and "Power." He also likes "The Office," and for those wondering, Dwight Schrute is his favorite character.

View photos of Carolina's fourth-round draft pick, CB Troy Pride Jr., out of Notre Dame.

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