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2020 NFL Draft underway and Mountaineers are hopeful to hear familiar names called

Thursday night’s first round of the 2020 NFL Draft was largely dominated by the SEC, with a handful of Big 12 foes hearing their names. For West Virginia fans, there are a few names that fans (and those players) hope to hear called this weekend.

Colton McKivitz and Kenny Robinson.

McKivitz has made a name for himself on the gridiron heavily based on his work ethic and mentality during his years in Morgantown. Several experts have McKivitz getting picked later in the draft, likely the sixth or seventh rounds.

Robinson’s storyline is a little different than that of McKivitz. Robinson was dismissed from the team for an academic violation in late spring of 2019. Last fall, Robinson entered the inaugural XFL draft and became a talked-about safety in this year’s short-lived XFL season. This week, Robinson looks to have his name called in another draft, The Draft.

In a sense, Robinson may be one of the more prepared players in the draft, as he has experience bridging the gap from college football to professional football, has worked defensive plays schemes similar to those in the NFL and was able to work with players and coaching staffs who have NFL experience.

Pro Football Focus considers Robinson to be one of the best players from the XFL in the draft.

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