West Virginia Mountaineers

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Chargers signed West Virginia RB Dreamius Smith.

Smith (5'11/223) spent two seasons at WVU after transferring from JUCO, turning 183 carries into 945 yards (5.16 YPC) and ten TDs. He caught 13 passes for 52 yards. Despite a nondescript college career, Smith put himself on NFL radars by running 4.50/4.52 with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump at the Mountaineers' Pro Day. Smith is a stiff, straight-linish runner, but gobbles up blocked yards and runs hard downhill. While obviously not a big-time prospect, he's a name to keep in mind based on his impressive size-athleticism combination.
May 4 - 1:07 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the draft host Bears and general manager Ryan Pace a "B+" draft grade.

Kiper liked the fit of West Virginia WR Kevin White with the No. 7 pick, but liked what Chicago did later even more. "My favorite pick for the Bears was probably Eddie Goldman early in Round 2," Kiper wrote. "I thought he could have been taken in Round 1, and they needed to add a D-lineman." In addition, the analyst thinks Hroniss Grasu could start immediately at center. Kiper also praised the selections of RB Jeremy Langford and DB Adrian Amos.
May 3 - 5:26 PM

Bengals selected West Virginia WR Mario Alford with the No. 238 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Alford (5'9/180) spent two seasons at West Virginia, catching 92 balls for 1,497 yards (16.3 YPR) and 13 TDs. He served as the Mountaineers' lid popper opposite alpha dog Kevin White. Although Alford can run like the wind -- he clocked 4.25 at WVU's Pro Day -- Alford has inconsistent hands, is severely undersized, and won't win contested catches with a 34-inch vertical. Alford did return two kickoffs for touchdowns as a senior and could carve out a Trindon Holliday-like NFL career.
May 2 - 6:00 PM

Cardinals selected West Virginia OLB/DE Shaq Riddick with the No. 158 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Riddick (6'6/244) was an FCS All American at Gardner-Webb before transferring to West Virginia for his senior year, where Riddick piled up 11 TFLs and seven sacks. He showed big-time athleticism at the WVU Pro Day, running 4.64 with a 10-foot-4 broad jump and 36-inch vertical. Riddick played out of position at five-technique end for the Mountaineers, but flashed explosive burst when given pass-rush opportunities. A long (33 3/4-inch arms), rangy edge presence, Riddick has the potential to be an NFL draft steal.
May 2 - 2:52 PM

Seahawks selected West Virginia OG Mark Glowinski with the No. 134 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Glowinski (6'4/307) spent two years at WVU after transferring from JUCO, starting at right guard and earning first-team All-Big 12 as a senior. He had a solid Combine, running 5.20 with a 29 1/2-inch vertical, 9-foot-3 broad jump and 31 reps on the bench. Glowinski's relatively short arms (33 1/8") limit him to the interior line, but he has good feet for a big man and can generate power in his upper half. "A battler with plus athletic movement," according to NFL Films' Greg Cosell, Glowinski has starting potential at either guard spot.
May 2 - 1:44 PM

Bears selected West Virginia WR Kevin White with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Bears have holes all over their defense, but have opted to replace Brandon Marshall with their first-round pick. White (6'3/215) was a late-blooming JUCO transfer to WVU, where he struggled to learn Dana Holgorsen's offense as a junior before going berserk as a senior (109/1,447/10). He dropped just 5-of-163 targets in 2014. A powerful athletic specimen, White clocked 4.35 at the Combine with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. White was an extremely physical player in 2014, dominating on 50/50 balls and refusing to be tackled post-catch, earning comparisons to Terrell Owens and Julio Jones. White needs to clean up his routes, but profiles as a prototype "X" receiver with playmaking ability at all three levels.
Apr 30 - 8:57 PM

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that West Virginia WR Kevin White had an official visit with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday.

The Chicago Bears and WR Brandon Marshall parted ways during the off season. Adding White to the mix in Chicago, would give the Bears a solid one-two punch with Alshon Jeffery across the way. The West Virginia prospect would give them a big, strong, physical receiver, who can be a difference maker right away. White should be off the board in the top 10.
Apr 21 - 2:41 PM

ESPN's Mike Sando says that it's exceedingly hard to find an adequate comparison for West Virginia WR Kevin White.

"There isn't much precedent for junior college transfers with White's physical ability breaking out the way he did this past season," he wrote. "Cordarrelle Patterson was one. The four other receivers on [Mel] Kiper's Big Board this year played between 37 to 41 games at the major college level, compared to 24 games for White." Those other receivers all had higher yards-per-catch averages and more receptions for first downs by percentage. A team in the top 10 is going to roll the dice on his athletic upside anyway.
Apr 20 - 11:12 PM

Over the next 12 days, West Virginia WR Kevin White will visit the Jets, Rams, Bears and Giants.

White has had a strange spring. Up until very recently, he had only made one pre-draft visit total, to Tennessee. Over the next few weeks, he's going to be racking up frequent flyer miles like George Clooney. White figures to go anywhere between No. 4 to the Raiders and No. 10 to the Rams. He's been compared to Terrell Owens and Julio Jones.
Apr 17 - 7:22 PM

West Virginia WR Kevin White "is a big athlete who can run, jump and catch better than many receivers already in the NFL," according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"White must learn how to vary it to help create separation while running routes more complicated than his good-bye move straight up the field," Cooney wrote. "Scouts were disappointed when he opted out of the Senior Bowl because they wanted to see him challenged by top defensive backs. White did not encounter much press coverage in college and relied on his ability to out-jump defenders regardless of how close they were." White declined to comment on why he skipped the Senior Bowl. When asked why he improved suddenly last year, he said: "The aggression, whether it's blocking, a lot of talk trash, just being confident in myself. I love the game, so this is what I love to do."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 17 - 6:26 PM

Twenty six prospects will attend the 2015 NFL Draft.

Neither Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston will attend. Amari Cooper is not on the list, either. The draft is moving to Chicago this year. A few prospects in the link below will certainly be waiting until the second day of the draft.
Apr 15 - 10:35 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that West Virginia WR Kevin White "isn't going to string together multiple moves in the open field, but he displays good vision as an open-field runner and is quick to transition upfield."

"I didn't see a burner when I watched White on tape, but his 4.35 40 time is impressive for a guy his size (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) and he clearly has enough speed to get down the field," McShay wrote. "He is also very good at tracking the deep ball and making contested catches." White could go as high as No. 4 overall to the Oakland Raiders. Even if he doesn't, he isn't going to get out of the top 10.
Apr 13 - 7:12 PM

West Virginia G Quinton Spain is visiting the Steelers on Monday, according to Bob Labriola.

Spain has played left tackle and guard but will find a home on the interior of an offensive line. Spain tested fairly well for such a massive blocker and his skill that compensates for deficiencies is his strength.
Apr 13 - 1:52 PM

West Virginia WR Kevin White is visiting the Jets and Giants this week, according to Ian Rapoport and Manish Mehta.

The Jets should be in the market for a receiver, and Jerry Reese likely couldn't help himself if White makes it to pick No. 9. If Amari Cooper is taken by the Raiders at No. 4, White's destinations could be the Redskins, Jets, Bears and Giants - or a potential trade up.
Apr 13 - 9:41 AM

West Virginia WR Kevin White notes that he'll have private meetings "with at least the Tennessee Titans (No. 2 overall pick), New York Jets (#6), Chicago Bears (#7), New York Giants (#9) and St. Louis Rams (#10)," according to CBS Sports' Derek Harper.

Teams are doing their due diligence on both Kevin White and Amari Cooper during the final stretch before the draft. The Raiders at No.4, are being pegged as the team most likely to take the first wideout off the board. The 6-foot-2 5/8, 215-pound White has the ideal size, speed, and athleticism teams are looking for at the position, and has a strong shot at being a top 10 selection.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 9 - 2:50 PM


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