After months of waiting, the NFL Draft is finally here and the futures of some of our favorite Mountaineers will be decided. Here is how we think the draft will shake out for WVU players.
Julian Miller, BlueGoldSports – 4th overall, Oakland Raiders: With the addition of Crabtree in FA the Raiders have their route running WR to make plays underneath coverages. By drafting White they get a player who can expose defenses over the top, make the big play, but more importantly can grow with the young gun slinging QB Derrick Carr for years to come.
Caleb Wygal, WVUPros – 6th overall, New York Jets: Jets owner Woody Johnson said recently that he wants to surround Geno Smith with more weapons. They already dealt for the Bears’ Brandon Marshall this offseason. I believe Oakland will take Alabama’s Amari Cooper with the fourth pick, leaving White as the other potential future All-Pro. If he’s there, the Jets take him and pair him with Geno Smith.
Jeremy Simon, BlueGoldSports – 4th overall, Oakland Raiders: The Raiders have been the favorite to land the talented receiver from the first mock draft. Putting White opposite Crabtree can be a potent combination that could give secondary’s fits. White’s size and strength make it impossible to completely shut him down.
Adam DelGuercio, WVUPros – 4th overall, Oakland Raiders: His elite size and pass catching ability it too much for the Raiders to pass up. He will be the highest drafted Mountaineer ever, topping Adam Jones who was picked sixth overall in 2005.
Julian Miller – 4th round, 112 overall, Seattle Seahawks: With trading away a key piece to the offensive line (Max Unger) to obtain Jimmy Graham, the Seahawks will look to add depth at the interior line position. Glowinski possesses the traits teams look for when drafting an offensive linemen. Good upper body strength, looks to finish on every run play and able to absorb the bull rush in passing situations. With Beast Mode secured in a new contract and Seattle’s ability to show they can find value in players in later rounds, this seems like a perfect fit for for both Glowinski and the 2-time NFC Champs.
Caleb Wygal -4th round, 113 overall, Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles have not drafted a offensive lineman since 2013, and now the cupboard is getting bare. Glowinski has been a prospect on the rise throughout the entire pre-draft process. The Eagles needs interior help, and the team has shown interest in Glowinski since the East-West Shrine Game. He’ll be able to jump in and help right away.
Jeremy Simon – 4th round, 113 overall, Philadelphia Eagles: Glowinski has visited the Eagles leading up to draft day. While the Eagles have made waves in free-agency this offseason, one need they must fill is on the offensive line. Glowinski has been a surprise to many scouts and has the ability to be an immediate impact player on the offensive line. The Eagles have shown interest and like his upside.
Adam DelGuercio – 5th round, 170 overall, Seattle Seahawks: Glowinski is a powerful and tough guard noted for his work ethic and run-blocking ability. Needs to improve his pass protection at the next level, but already has a blue-collar and professional attitude coaches love. He will fit in with the Eagles who are looking to improve O-line depth.
Julian Miller – 5th round, 171 overall, Baltimore Ravens: After losing both Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones to free agency, the Ravens will need to fill holes at the WR position. Alford can add depth at wide receiver and can also fill in the role Jones once had as a dangerous return man for Baltimore. With a better set of hands, youth and the ability to beat defensive backs over the top on any play, Alford would stand as an upgrade for the Ravens to a player that once helped lead them on a Super Bowl run.
Caleb Wygal – 5th round, 146 overall, Atlanta Falcons: Alford worked out for teams at inside receiver after playing outside during his Mountaineer career. The Falcons need a speedy slot man to complement Roddy White and Julio Jones, and he could also give them a boost in the return game. The team has shown interest in Alford and had him in for a private workout. In most other drafts, Alford would have likely been drafted sooner, but this is one of the deepest drafts in terms of receivers in years.
Jeremy Simon – 5th round, 147 overall, Cleveland Browns: Alford will be used mainly as a specialty player at the next level. His speed makes up for his small figure and will earn him a spot on an NFL roster. The Cleveland Browns had the worst kick return average last season (17.0 yards a return) and will be looking to upgrade that with Alford.
Adam DelGuercio – 6th round, 187 overall, New Orléans Saints: Alford is undoubtedly one of the fastest players in this draft, which instantly moves him up team’s draft boards. I think a good player to compare him to in terms of size and speed is Desean Jackson. Look for him to go in the sixth round to the Saints to improve their team speed.
Miller identifies Riddick and Spain as his late-round sleepers, saying, “Both players have the size and skill to play in the NFL, whether drafted or through free agency, these two diamonds in the rough have the ability to make a roster and in the right system contribute when called upon.”
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