Maryland star RB Anthony McFarland drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers

Ryan Wormeli
NBC Sports Washington

Maryland football fans who were hoping to see star running back Anthony McFarland Jr. join their hometown Baltimore Ravens, you may want to look away.

McFarland was drafted midway through the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the first Maryland player to be selected this year. That's the exciting news.

The less exciting news for local fans? He's heading north to play for the Ravens' biggest rivals: the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There, McFarland will provide a change of pace behind starter James Conner. His explosive, one-cut running style should fit well with what the Steelers like to do with their ground game. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin likely had the inside scoop on McFarland, who played at Maryland alongside Tomlin's son, Dino.

McFarland, of course, also was high-school teammates with Redskins' first-round draft pick Chase Young when they were together at DeMatha. 

Javon Leake is another Maryland running back hoping to be drafted Saturday afternoon.

Maryland fans are certainly hoping to see McFarland succeed, though many fans who also cheer for the purple and black will be hoping he doesn't do too much damage in at least two games every season.

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