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The Panthers said they did their due diligence on West Virginia CB Daryl Worley, their second-round pick who faced a battery charge on a woman in 2014.

From an organization that suffered through waking P.R. nightmare Greg Hardy, it was a curious choice. But GM Dave Gettleman said the team thoroughly vetted Worley, including sitting him down for a meeting with owner Jerry Richardson. "It was a simple situation where it was wrong place at the wrong time. There were nothing malicious about the incident," Worley said during a conference call. "All 32 teams have seen the videotape. They have the official court documents, which I gave to them, where there was nothing malicious about it." The episode, which occurred in a nightclub, has been expunged from Worley's record. "Nothing like that is ever going to be a problem heading forward," he said.
May 1 - 2:06 PM

Texans selected West Virginia S K.J. Dillon with the No. 159 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Dillon (6'1/208) started three seasons at WVU, tallying 18 career tackles for loss with five interceptions and two forced fumbles. He earned second-team All-Big 12 as a senior. Dillon shined at the Combine -- running 4.53 with a 10-foot-1 broad jump -- but athleticism questions arose when he managed a 28-inch vertical and slow agility scores at the Mountaineers' Pro Day. A 'tweener safety, Dillon was an inefficient college tackler and isn't quite a free safety-type athlete. He'll have to earn initial playing time on special teams.
Apr 30 - 3:12 PM

Eagles selected West Virginia RB Wendell Smallwood with the No. 153 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Smallwood (5'11/208) left school following his junior year after posting a career rushing line of 425-2,462-12 (5.79 YPC) with 68 receptions. He led the Big 12 in rushing in 2015. Smallwood showed breakaway speed in Indy, blazing 4.47 with a 10-foot broad jump and strong agility scores. Smallwood was known more for grinding between the tackles at West Virginia, in addition to plus passing-game skills. His pre-draft workout metrics hint at the potential for more. An underrated prospect, Smallwood is a sleeper to monitor for fantasy purposes.
Apr 30 - 2:48 PM

Bears selected West Virginia LB Nick Kwiatkoski with the No. 113 selection.

Kwiatkoski (6'2/243) made 38 starts for West Virginia, compiling 28 career tackles for loss, six interceptions, and three forced fumbles. He was named first-team All-Big Ten by the conference's coaches as a senior. Kwiatkoski helped himself in Indy, running 4.73 with a 10-foot broad jump and 32-inch vertical. A high school safety, Kwiatkoski made college starts at WILL, SAM, and MIKE linebacker and is an efficient tackler with some playmaking ability in coverage. Kwiatkoski will focus on special teams early, but he could make a run at defensive snaps in a year or two.
Apr 30 - 1:03 PM

Panthers selected West Virginia CB Daryl Worley with the No. 77 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Worley (6'1/204) turned pro after starting for 2 1/2 seasons at West Virginia, tallying ten career INTs and 9.5 tackles for loss. He earned first-team All-Big 12 as a 2015 junior. A long-armed (33 3/8") ballhawk, Worley tested out like a safety in Indy, running 4.64 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump, before improving his forty time to 4.48 at the Mountaineers' Pro Day. Worley has an intriguing blend of size, movement ability, and ball skills. He'll team with second-rounder James Bradberry to compete to replace Josh Norman.
Apr 29 - 10:21 PM

Raiders selected West Virginia S Karl Joseph with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Joseph (5'10/205) made 42 starts for the Mountaineers before a torn right ACL ended his senior year after four games. He tallied nine career interceptions, eight forced fumbles and 16.5 tackles for loss. Joseph earned first-team All-Big 12 as a junior. A big hitter in run defense and a ballhawk in the back end, Joseph combines a strong safety's demeanor with free safety range. Joseph's ACL tear prevented him from working out before the draft, but the Raiders obviously weren't deterred. The Raiders clearly believed he was the draft's top safety, and there's a good chance they're right
Apr 28 - 9:55 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, the Redskins would like to trade down in Rd. 1 and take West Virginia S Karl Joseph.

They better not move down far if they're serious about Joseph. NBC Sports' Mike Florio reported earlier this week that Joseph was likely to go in the first round. Rotoworld's Josh Norris slid Joseph to the Steelers at No. 25 and Thor Nystrom allocated Crazy Karl to the Broncos at No. 31.
Apr 28 - 3:44 PM

NBC Sports' Mike Florio hears that West Virginia S Karl Joseph is "currently expected" to be drafted in the first round.

"That assessment [of Joseph as an expected first-rounder] comes from a source with a proven track record of accuracy and reliability in the always-sketchy world of anonymous sourcing in the days preceding the draft," Florio wrote on Pro Football Talk. The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder has visited several clubs with mid-to-late first-round picks, including the Vikings, Broncos, Bengals, Steelers, Texans and Colts. ESPN's Steve Muench recently compared Joseph to Earl Thomas.
Apr 25 - 8:26 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench compares West Virginia S Karl Joseph to Earl Thomas.

Following a torn ACL in October, Muench notes that Joseph's biggest issue at the moment is questions about his durability. Outside of that, the Scouts Inc. team is sold and thinks Joseph is an easy first-round talent. "The 14th overall pick in the 2010 draft, Thomas has average size, measuring a little over 5-foot-10 and weighing in at 208 pounds at the combine," Muench wrote. "Joseph doesn't have great size either -- he measured in at just under 5-foot-10 and 215 pounds. Yet they are both outstanding run- defenders with above-average stopping power, and their physicality jumps out on tape. Joseph also has the cover skills and range, in addition to the ball skills and instincts, to develop into a playmaker like Thomas." Joseph has visited or will visit the Cowboys, Vikings, Broncos, Bengals, Steelers, Giants, Texans and Colts.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 10:05 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior K Josh Lambert has been suspended for the first three games of the 2016 campaign.

In your Kicker Update of the Day, Lambert finds himself running afoul with the Big 12, as Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reports that the 6-foot-1, 198-pounder will be held out for the first three games in 2016 due to a violation of conference eligibility rules. Last season, Lambert connected on 21-of-28 boots. He is serving a team suspension this spring, though there is no indication that it connects in any way to the Big 12's issues with the golden-legged human.
Apr 16 - 4:10 PM

West Virginia S K.J. Dillon visited the Falcons, Vikings, Lions and Bucs.

Our own Josh Norris recently projected Dillon to the Vikings in the third round. For anyone who attended Senior Bowl practices, you know Dillon is one of the more physical safeties in this class. He loves to crash the second level and take out ball carriers. Dillon also has experience covering slot receivers.
Apr 15 - 10:53 AM

West Virginia CB Daryl Worley recently visited the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals.

The Eagles likely didn't need to count that against their 30-prospect limit because Worley is a native of Philadelphia. Worley also has private workouts booked with the Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. The 6-foot-1, 204-pounder ran a sluggish 4.64 seconds in the forty at the Combine but improved to 4.48 seconds at his Pro Day.
Apr 14 - 4:02 PM

West Virginia S Karl Joseph visited or will visit the Cowboys, Vikings, Broncos, Bengals, Steelers, Giants, Texans and Colts, according to Aaron Wilson.

Joseph's visits are likely equal part interest in talent and updating medicals. ESPN's Louis Riddick has brought up Joseph's name whenever the situation presented itself, calling attention to the safeties game against Oklahoma this season. Joseph did his best work as a single high safety, attacking the receiver and the ball in the air when covering plenty of ground.
Apr 12 - 11:47 AM

West Virginia RB Wendell Smallwood indicated that he received a positive response from scouts following Monday's Pro Day.

Smallwood cruised through the 40-yard dash in just 4.41 and 4.42 seconds on Monday. Scouts apparently did not expect him to run with such cheetah-like speed. Said Smallwood, "A lot of the scouts were hyped about how I ran. I think it changed things. A lot of guys turned their heads because they didn’t know I was that fast." The 5-foot-11, 207-pounder ran the 40 in a less impressive (but still respectable) 4.47 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. He had no worries about re-running the event on Pro Day, saying, "I just know my ability and the highest peak I could reach, and I knew the combine wasn’t it." According to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt, Smallwood also did a nice job catching passes during position drills.
Apr 5 - 11:47 PM

West Virginia CB Daryl Worley ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds during Monday's Pro Day.

According to his mother, Worley was actually one of several players who tested while sick at the NFL Scouting Combine. Perhaps that explains his rather sluggish 4.64 seconds in the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis. The 6-foot-1, 204-pounder was not a fan of that time and hoped to run faster when Pro Day festivities got underway. Mission accomplished. Said Worley, "I did pretty good at everything today. The only thing I worried about was my first 40, but I hit a pretty solid time the second time around. Everyone seemed happy with it." West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen spoke out about his draft prospects at the end of the 2015 campaign and predicted Worley would not be drafted if he declared, though NFL Media's Lance Zierlein wrote earlier this offseason that he sees Worley as a potential Day 3 selection due to his aggressive nature and quick reaction times.
Apr 5 - 11:35 PM


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