West Virginia Mountaineers

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West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph "flies into the backfield and attacks receivers in space like few others in this draft class," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Indeed, Joseph is something of a defensive kamikaze who was ranked by NFL Media as the No. 1 most physical player in college football. "Joseph has a chance to fly up boards by proving his coverage skills to scouts during the 2015 season and postseason," Reuter wrote. "He'll also need to show fluid hip movement and change-of-direction ability at the combine. Combining that sort of athleticism with his excellent hitting and tackling skills (92 stops in a first-team All-Big 12 junior campaign) could push him even higher on team draft boards." The 5-foot-11, 197-pounder had 92 tackles, 4.5 TFL, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one interception last year.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 7:50 PM

NFL Media ranks West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph their No.1 ranked physical player in college football.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound safety plays fearless despite his size, and is not afraid to get physical when he's out there on the football field. The West Virginia prospect has also been quite productive, posting 264 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 15 passes defensed, 8 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries and 4 interceptions in his time at Morgantown. With a solid year, Joseph has a shot to be a top safety prospect going into the 2016 NFL draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 8 - 2:02 PM

West Virginia junior RB/WR Wendall Smallwood "is simply a playmaker that grabs your eye," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Smallwood has somewhat of a tweener frame, lacking the ideal build of a running back or the height or strength of a receiver, but he uses his athletic gifts to be a home run threat any time he touches the ball. He has terrific speed and acceleration to erase defender angles and although he lacks an ideal identity as a pro prospect, Smallwood is simply a playmaker that grabs your eye," Brugler wrote. Smallwood was West Virginia's second leading rusher with 148 carries for 722 yards and two touchdowns. As a wideout, Smallwood was the fourth-leading receiver with 31 catches for 326 yards in 2014. The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Smallwood will split time in the Mountaineers' backfield with Rushel Shell, Donte Thomas-Williams and Jacky Marcellus.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 2 - 3:30 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that it "wouldn't be a shock" if West Virginia redshirt junior RB Rushel Shell "emerged as the best running back in the Big 12 conference this year."

"Shell is patient and does a great job resetting his eyes on the move, using balance and an extra gear at the second level to run away from linebackers. He will again share the carries in 2015, but it wouldn't be a shock if he emerged as the best running back in the Big 12 conference this year," Brugler wrote. The former Pittsburgh transfer was the leading rusher for the Mountaineers with 176 carries for 788 yards and seven touchdowns, and also added in 21 receptions for 140 yards in 2014. Shell and the running game could be the focal point in 2015, with new starters at quarterback and wide receiver for West Virginia.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 2 - 2:43 PM

West Virginia senior S Karl Joseph "enters the 2015 season as one of the best senior safety prospects in the country," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He strikes through his target and is a big hit waiting to happen, but he doesn't consistently wrap and will take wild angles at times. Although he has room to develop in coverage, Joseph enters the 2015 season as one of the best senior safety prospects in the country," Brugler wrote. The West Virginia prospect is the second-leading tackler for the Mountaineers, with 92 tackles, including 62 solo stops, 4.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and 1 interception. Joseph lacks the ideal size, but plays big and is more physical than expected.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 2 - 2:08 PM

Ex-Michigan junior OL Kyle Bosch has transferred to WVU and has been granted immediate eligibility.

Bosch was away from the Michigan program for much of the 2014 season after starting three games at left guard during his freshman year. Bosch could help the Mountaineers immediately after the school lost two offensive linemen to the NFL.
Jun 2 - 10:39 AM

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


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