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Draft Wire's Luke Easterling projects Washington to select West Virginia QB Will Grier with the sixth pick in his 2019 mock draft.

It would be fair to say that if Washington is picking this high and picking a quarterback that the Alex Smith era won't be fondly remembered. Easterling points out that Smith is 35-years-old, so even if they perform well they likely need to look for a quarterback of a future. " Grier made a wise decision to return to school for another year," Easterling writes, "giving him the chance to polish his game and possibly be the first passer off the board."
Source: Draft Wire
Jun 18 - 12:25 PM

NFL.com's Chase Goodbread lists West Virginia redshirt senior QB Will Grier as the top Heisman candidate.

Goodbread notes "With Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph cleared out of his path, Grier figures to be the face of the Big 12 this fall. He has a dynamic receiving threat in David Sills V, and the kind of coach in Dana Holgorsen who will air it out with the play calling." This is a bit of a bold take from Goodbread as Grier is listed at 20/1 to win the Heisman from the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 12:10 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein believes West Virginia redshirt senior QB Will Grier is one of the top QB talents in the 2019 draft class.

Zierlein lists Grier along with Missouri's Drew Lock and Auburn's Jarrett Stidham as his top three quarterbacks in the 2019 draft. Zierlein writes "Grier is extremely confident with a good feel for when and where to go with the football. He doesn't have ideal size, but makes up for that by getting outside of the pocket while still finding open targets with good touch." Grier will likely be all over the board for NFL teams as he doesn't meet a lot of the height/weight thresholds some teams abide by and has a playing style that has drawn comparisons to Johnny Manziel. Regardless, Grier should be in a good spot to be one of the top quarterbacks selected in the 2019 spot with a strong showing in 2018.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 13 - 12:55 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior DE Adam Shuler transferred to Florida as a graduate.

Shuler (6'4/268) was originally expected to focus on track and field at his new school but will stick with football at Florida. As a graduate transfer, he is eligible to play in 2018 for the Gators. Shuler recorded eight tackles for loss and three sacks for the Mountaineers last season and figures to see the field frequently in 2018 at Florida.
Jun 12 - 11:27 AM

Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt said that West Virginia redshirt senior QB Will Grier reminds him of former Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel.

"[Grier]'s a great athlete and obviously a competitor. He runs with toughness. He can make all the throws," Pruitt said of the West Virginia signal-caller. "He knows where the ball's going pre-snap, gets all their RPO stuff, gets the ball out of his hand." The Vols HC made his comment while on stage with West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen in a little joint appearance from the two to help promote the season opening showdown between Tennessee and WVU, set to be played on Sept. 1. This past season, Grier threw for 3,490 yards with a 34/12 TD/INT ratio. He's going to be in the Heisman conversation to one degree or another this autumn -- especially if West Virginia makes a play for nine or 10 wins -- and will be seeing NFL interest in the spring.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 9 - 2:09 PM

Athlon Sports ranks West Virginia redshirt senior QB Will Grier as the top quarterback for the 2018 season.

Grier is followed by Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, Penn State's Trace McSorley, Arizona's Khalil Tate, and UCF's McKenzie Milton rounds out the top five. The former Florida signal-caller was excellent in 2017, throwing for 34 touchdowns with 11 interceptions in 3,490 yards on the year. "The Big 12’s unquestioned No. 1 quarterback resides in Morgantown this season," the site writes. "Grier – a Heisman candidate and a likely All-America pick – is at the controls of one of the nation’s top offenses."
May 21 - 12:18 PM

West Virginia signed three-star 2018 WR Dillon Spalding in December.

Spalding picked the Mountaineers over offers from Tennessee, Virginia Tech, ECU and Temple in his final five. He was once considered a four-star prospect, but inconsistent results and some risers at the position lowered his stock slightly. Still, when you consider those offers, it's clear the 6-foot-1, 216-pound receiver has talent. He reportedly is able to make defenders miss in space, so we wonder if he could make an impact in special teams.
Source: 247 Sports
May 14 - 1:51 PM

ESPN's Jake Trotter listed West Virginia redshirt freshman RB Alec Sinkfield as the breakout star of the Mountaineers' spring practices.

Sinkfield redshirted in 2017 after signing out of American Heritage HS in Florida, and reportedly looked like a real playmaker for an already talented West Virginia offense. As Potter puts it: "Sinkfield gives West Virginia's already potent offense a big-play back alongside zone runner Kennedy McKoy and power back Martell Pettaway." This is certainly a name to keep an eye on going forward.
Source: ESPN
May 11 - 6:34 PM

Clemson redshirt senior DL Jabril Robinson transferred to West Virginia as a graduate.

Robinson (6'2/270) posted 17 tackles in 11 games last season, his best in the collegiate ranks to date. The former three-star recruit was looking at a likely reserve role for the upcoming campaign -- if there's one area Clemson is not short on, it's the front seven -- and he should be able to more readily compete for playing time in Morgantown. As a graduate transfer, he'll be eligible to play immediately in his new digs during the upcoming season.
Source: 247Sports
May 11 - 11:51 AM

CBS Sports writer Will Brinson projects the Giants to take West Virginia redshirt senior QB Will Grier with the second pick in his 2019 NFL Mock Draft.

Brinson has the Browns taking Ohio State rusher Nick Bosa with the first pick. If the Giants are picking second -- again -- they're going to need a quarterback, and while Grier (6'2/210) isn't consistently ranked among the top quarterback options, that could change with another big year in 2018. "The former Florida transfer has a cannon and can wing it down the field," writes Brinson. "If he takes another step forward in his second year with Dana Holgerson, he could be highly-coveted."
Source: CBS Sports
May 7 - 3:54 PM

NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter ranks West Virginia senior WR David Sills 17th on his list of the top 150 college players to watch in 2018.

Sills ranks as the top receiver on the list, and interestingly enough, he ranks one spot ahead of the guy who will get him the football in 2018: West Virginia QB Will Grier. A former signal-caller himself, Sills was sensational in 2017, catching 18 touchdowns and going for 988 yards on 60 catches. As Reuter writes: "Sills is a monster on the outside, using his 6-4, 203-pound frame to shield defenders and also to attack passes in the air when necessary." Expect more big things from the Grier-to-Sills combination on Saturday's this year.
Source: NFL.com
May 5 - 2:59 PM

ESPN's Dan Murphy compared West Virginia redshirt senior QB Will Grier to Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph.

Murphy sees similarity in the deep ball from both quarterbacks, noting that Rudolph connected on 17 passes of 50-plus yards during his final season in Stillwater, while Grier hit on 12 such passes in Morgantown a year ago. It's far from a 1:1 comparison, though, as the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Rudolph has a considerable size advantage when compared to the 6-foot-2, 216-pound WVU signal-caller. While Grier isn't quite as impressive in terms of pure physical measurement, that does come with the benefit of his being able to move around the pocket more smoothly than his former Big 12 brother. He's a potential first-round pick for next spring's draft. During the past campaign, he threw for 3,490 yards while posting a 34/12 TD/INT ratio before being sidelined at the tail end due to a broken finger. He's past that break, now, and will be ready to put his best foot forward come the start of the upcoming season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 3:53 PM

West Virginia redshirt sophomore WR T.J. Simmons is currently listed as the starter at Z receiver.

Simmons (6'2/201) played in 12 games as a true freshman at Alabama, mostly on special teams. He opted to transfer, sitting out last season. Simmons, a former three-star recruit, apparently flashed on the scout team, because he's already considered a probable 2018 starter.
Source: 247 Sports
May 3 - 6:35 PM

Seahawks signed West Virginia WR Ka’Raun White.

White (6’1/206) overcome a slow start to his WVU career to break out as a senior for 61/1,004/16.5/12 receiving, earning honorable mention All-Big 12. Unlike his brother, Bears WR Kevin White, Ka’Raun showed sub-par athleticism at the Combine with 17th-percentile SPARQ results, his best score coming in straight-line speed (4.52). Not an outstanding talent and still learning how to play, White profiles as a low-upside prospect who will have to earn his early-career keep on special teams.
May 3 - 5:50 PM

Lions signed West Virginia ILB Al-Rasheed Benton.

Benton (6’0/235) was a two-year starter as the Mountaineers’ middle linebacker, tallying 12 career tackles for loss, one sack, and two interceptions. In 2017, PFF College charted Benton with the sixth-most defensive "stops" (winning plays) among Division-I linebackers. A plus-sized thumper who held his own in coverage in college by allowing zero TD passes the past two years, Benton’s early NFL ticket will be special teams, where he played extensively at West Virginia.
May 3 - 11:07 AM


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