This weekend, hundreds of former college football players are eager to find out where they will get their first opportunity to make an impact in the NFL. There are several Mountaineers who stand prominently on some team’s draft boards, so be sure to check back as more and more players get their names called.
Position: Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 6′ 1″, 214 lbs
Hometown: Stafford, Va.
Gary Jennings established himself as a true vertical threat in Morgantown. With 13 touchdowns in his senior season, Jennings sprinted and seam-routed his way onto NFL draft boards. That senior touchdown total is indicative of Jennings’s ability to improve, as it is more than triple his combined total from the previous two seasons.
After he finished at WVU, he kept the momentum rolling at the Senior Bowl, where he reeled in a touchdown. He also showed off his skills at the NFL Combine, where he put up top ten showings in several drills including the 40-yard dash.
Jennings is expected to be picked up in the early-to-mid rounds.
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height/Weight: 6′ 5″, 312 lbs
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Yodny Cajuste made a name for himself as Will Grier’s top protector. As the NFL is a passing league, teams are looking for a guy like Cajuste to keep their quarterback on two feet.
Cajuste succeeded in Morgantown because of his quick feet, technical skill and physical strength. His strength was exhibited at the NFL Combine with 32 reps on the bench press, one of the top showings for an offensive lineman.
Out of the gate, Cajuste was touted as a first-round prospect, but his stock took a hit after a quad surgery set him back a few months. Still, he has a first-round talent and is expected to be picked in the early-to-mid rounds.
Height/Weight: 5′ 11″, 227 lbs
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
David Long had a decorated career in Morgantown. For three straight seasons, he received all-conference honors, including a Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year nod in his junior campaign.
In his years, Long was known for excellent form tackling and his knack for getting into opposing backfields — two things necessary to play in today’s NFL.
Coming into the NFL, Long is considered undersized for a linebacker. The league is changing, though, as defensive players are getting more athletic, so there most likely is an opportunity for him to find a home. He is expected to be called in the middle rounds.
Position: Tight End
Height/Weight: 6′ 3″, 267 lbs
Hometown: Martinsburg, W.Va.
While David Sills and Gary Jennings were dominated the outsides and the deep balls, Trevon Wesco and his biceps made an impact in his senior season for catching everything in between.
In 2018, the West Virginia native nabbed 26 catches for 366 yards and a touchdown, but it’s not his receiving game that’s turning heads. Wesco has the size, speed and toughness of an NFL tight end, but his ability to double-time as a fullback is bumping him up on NFL draft boards. This versatility can be useful at the next level, so expect his name to be called in the later rounds.
Position: Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 6′ 3″, 211 lbs
Hometown: Wilmington, Del.
Did you know that David Sills used to play quarterback?
It’s been a long road for David Sills, and it will likely take him to the next level. As far as his ability, his 35 touchdowns (second in program history) sort of speak for themselves, but pundits are concerned about some of Sills’s physical attributes.
If there’s anything Sills is good at, it’s adapting. He spent much of his time at WVU playing catch up, as he wasn’t trained as a wide receiver.
Sills is currently slated to be an early-to-mid round draft pick.
Height/Weight: 6′ 2″, 217 lbs
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Grier called the signals for two years in Morgantown and made impressions across the country. He is touted as one of the top quarterbacks of the 2019 class and has a chance to have his name called in the first round.
Many experts have Grier getting drafted in the second round or later, but analysts like Fox Sports’s Joel Klatt claim that he is higher on team’s radars.
“If you read a lot of the pundits, you’d expect that Will Grier is maybe going to be available in the second round or later. If you talk to the people within the National Football League, you would know that they are much higher on Will Grier than those writing about the draft,” Klatt said.
Players to watch:
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height/Weight: 6′ 3″, 300 lbs
Hometown: Elkton, Md.
Position: Defensive End
Height/Weight: 6′ 2″, 271 lbs
Hometown: Leland, N.C.
Height/Weight: 6′ 0″, 202 lbs
Hometown: Aliquippa, Pa.