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ESPN's Mitch Sherman named West Virginia OLB/S Kyzir White the Mountaineers' best NFL prospect.

Havoc-loving defensive coordinator Tony Gibson has himself a stellar safety combination of Dravon Askew-Henry and White. White is the kind of hybrid safety-linebacker ("Spur safety") that West Virginia has developed in recent seasons to combat spread offenses with the 3-3-5 defense. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, White had 58 tackles, three sacks, and seven TFL in 12 starts last year. "He runs well for a big guy for what we do, but to play at the next level as a safety, he’d have to work on his overall speed," said Mountaineers S coach Matt Caponi. "He’s really built like an outside linebacker." Ka’Raun -- a starting receiver -- and Kyzir White are the younger brothers of Kevin Jr., who played for the Mountaineers in 2013-14 and was a first-round pick of the Bears in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 1:22 PM

Bleacher Report's Kerry Miller believes West Virginia sophomore RB Kennedy McKoy will "eclipse 100 touches with room to spare" as the No. 2 back with a "significant role in the receiving game."

It's almost difficult to remember now, but it was McKoy -- and not Justin Crawford -- who replaced Rushel Shell in late October after Shell suffered an ankle injury. McKoy had 283 rushing yards on 5.3 yards per carry over the next two-and-a-half games before going down with his own injury, opening the door for Crawford. Crawford is the undisputed starter heading into the summer, but McKoy should pick up plenty of touches as his understudy. McKoy finished 2016 having converted 73 carries into 472 yards and four touchdowns. He chipped in nine receptions for 64 yards and another score.
May 21 - 2:30 PM

Penn State redshirt junior DT Brenon Thrift transferred to West Virginia.

Thrift has had himself a collegiate journey, having started his career at Temple in 2014 before moving on to the JUCO ranks in 2015 and then subsequently transferring over to Penn State. He did not appear in a game with the Nittany Lions last season. The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder will have to sit out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer regulations and will have one season of eligibility remaining to his fair name with the Mountaineers starting in 2018.
May 16 - 5:30 PM

West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen called redshirt junior QB Will Grier "as good as advertised."

"I like the kid's demeanor. He has complete control of the huddle...He has a really good idea of what we want to do offensively. His accuracy is outstanding," Holgorsen said. 6-foot-2, 200-pound Florida transfer Grier played well in the team's spring game, completing 12-of-18 passes for 202 yards. Prior to being suspended for a positive PED test at Florida during the 2015 season, Grier had thrown for 1,202 yards (65.6% completions) with a 10/3 TD/INT ratio across six games played. The NCAA still needs to approve him as being eligible to play in Week 1 of the coming campaign, but there has been no rumbling as of yet that this approval will not be forthcoming.
May 5 - 7:42 PM

Eagles signed West Virginia C Tyler Orlosky.

Orlosky (6’3/298) was a three-plus-year starter on the Mountaineers’ offensive line, manning center throughout his career and earning first-team All-Big 12 from the conference’s coaches as a senior. PFF College charged Orlosky with only one career sack allowed. Orlosky is severely undersized, however, and possesses short arms (32 ¼"). Also not particularly athletic, Orlosky is an overachiever who won with smarts and technical soundness at the college level.
May 1 - 2:09 PM

Eagles selected West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson with the No. 166 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Gibson (5’11/191) started for two years at WVU before going pro as a redshirt junior, tallying a career 84/1,898/17 (22.6! YPR) receiving line and averaging 23.5 yards on kickoff returns, including a 100-yard score as a sophomore. Billed as a burner, Gibson disappointed at the Combine with a 4.5-flat forty and lowly 15th-percentile SPARQ score. Like most ex-Mountaineer wideouts, Gibson enters the NFL with limited route experience. He also has small hands (8 7/8") and struggled with drops at West Virginia. Gibson was a dynamic college deep threat whose best NFL projection may be as a special teams ace.
Apr 29 - 3:02 PM

Eagles selected West Virginia CB Rasul Douglas with the No. 99 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Douglas (6’2/209) played two years at WVU after transferring from JUCO, spending the first as a rotational corner and special teamer before breaking out as a senior to lead the nation in interceptions (8) and earn first-team All-Big 12. Douglas sports plus arm length (32 3/8") and a Xavier Rhodes-like frame. Polarizing among NFL scouts due partly to 4.59 speed, Douglas was viewed as a zone-only corner by some and one of the draft’s top bump-and-run corners by others. He mostly played off-zone in college. Still, Douglas’ combination of length and ball skills give him a high ceiling, even if his floor is low.
Apr 28 - 11:14 PM

A south regional scout for an AFC team said that West Virginia DE Noble Nwachukwu "a really serious kid who is very dependable."

"His dad passed away before the TCU game and he went out and played his guts out before leaving to be with his family the next day," said the scout, who referred to the 6-foot-1, 268-pounder as " a stand-up rush backer." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein comps Nwachukwu to Bears LB Pernell McPhee and writes that "[h]e's athletic enough to play a stand-up role on base packages and then rush with his hand down in sub-packages." During his final season at West Virginia, Nwachukwu registered 40 tackles (7.5 for loss), four sacks and a forced fumble over the course of 12 games played.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 15 - 12:25 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared West Virginia C Tyler Orlosky to Green Bay Packers C Corey Linsley.

Zierlein writes that the 6-foot-3, 298-pound Orlosky "[h]as the natural power to face off and compete against NFL nose guards, but lack of length and leverage could put a cap on where teams are willing to draft him." Despite Orlosky's tenacity and hard-nosed playing style, the analyst believes that he possesses "average starter's potential" at best.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 14 - 7:53 PM

West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson visited the Eagles last week.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris mentioned Gibson being on the Eagles radar a few weeks ago, and this only confirms that. Gibson is a pure vertical threat, something the Eagles clearly want to add in the draft. The team added a number of receivers in free agency, but the contracts are band aids. Gibson likely is selected in the fourth round.
Apr 3 - 8:43 AM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris passes along word that West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson is on the Eagles radar.

Norris learned that Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was asked to watch tape of a number of collegiate receivers, which is not uncommon, and Gibson was one of those names. Gibson is one of the better speed vertical receivers in the class and would fill a role the Eagles do not currently possess on their roster.
Mar 28 - 8:19 AM

An AFC South scout says West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson possesses "ridiculous speed."

"He runs by people like they are standing still like DeSean Jackson used to do at Cal," the scout said. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Gibson to Corey Coleman, one of the speed merchants from last year's class. "While his hands can be a little inconsistent underneath and his routes are underdeveloped, his size-speed combination will offer a team a homerun hitter who forces defenses to keep a safety shaded his way," Zierlein wrote. "Gibson could be a low-volume, high-impact starter fairly early in his career."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 12:31 PM

West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen will cede offensive play-calling duties to OC Jake Spavital in 2017.

"You have to spend as much time recruiting as you possibly can, fundraising is a big part of what we do, the game management aspect of it -- although I don’t think it’s been bad -- it’s hard to do," said Holgorsen. He has been in this situation, except in the reverse, before, when he was hired at Oklahoma State under HC Mike Gundy. Gundy handed off play-calling honors to Holgorsen in 2010. That worked out splendidly and ultimately served as a springboard for his hiring at West Virginia. As for Spavital, the new Mountaineers offensive coordinator has previous experience calling plays at Texas A&M and Cal.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 14 - 6:59 PM

West Virginia CB Rasul Douglas was likened to former teammates Daryl Worley by NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

Douglas went from an unknown entity at the junior college level to a first-team All-Big 12 selection and NFL prospect following a 2016 season in which he tied for the national lead with eight interceptions. Douglas added 70 tackles, 3.5 TFL and eight pass breakups last season. "There is no doubting Douglas' ability to make plays on the ball when he's in position, but his lack of long speed and closing burst could make his big senior season an anomaly," Zierlein wrote. "Douglas is a zone corner with press and trail ability." The 6-foot-2, 204-pound Douglas posted a poor 4.59 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 13 - 6:31 PM

West Virginia CB Rasul Douglas posted a 4.59 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine on Monday.

NFL Media's Bucky Brooks listed Douglas as a Combine "loser" on Tuesday. In addition to narrowly cracking the 4.6-second mark in the 4, Douglas "labored a bit in the positional drills," according to the analyst. "As a 'big' corner with limited speed and movement skills, Douglas could see his stock plummet on draft day," Brooks wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 7 - 2:33 PM


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