Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Latest NFL Draft Buzz involving WVU football players

With the 2016 NFL Draft a few days away, here is an update on what we’re hearing about WVU’s Karl Joseph, K.J. Dillon, Wendell Smallwood and more.

Karl Joseph – Despite Joseph’s ACL injury, which has kept him from working out for teams during the pre-draft process, it appears as though he could hear his name called during the first round on Thursday night. Like Rams’ RB Todd Gurley last season, Joseph may not play during the first six weeks of his rookie season. But, that will be just fine if he can bring his often explosive talent to a team for the next five years. I have a strong feeling about one team picking in the 20’s. We will present our staff picks on Thursday.

Thus far, Joseph has visited or met (that we know of) with Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, New York Giants, New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

K.J. Dillon – Dillon’s talents are in demand. He has had private workouts with Atlanta, Detroit, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay.

Daryl Worley – Like many of the other WVU prospects, Worley has been busy visiting various NFL teams. He apparently is set to visit with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday or Wednesday. Thus far he has visited the Eagles, Cardinals, and worked out for Panthers, Lions, Jaguars.

Nick Kwiatkoski – The swarming MLB looks like a player who will start in the middle of an NFL defense for years to come. That we know of, he’s met with Cleveland, Tampa Bay and has met with Philadelphia on at least three occasions. Another team that appears very high on him is New England. The Patriots also are eyeing . . .

Wendell Smallwood – ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported that Bill Belichick and his coaching staff are keenly interested in the shifty WVU back.

John DePalma – Dan Shonka at Ourlads.com lists DePalma as the fourth-best long-snapper available in this year’s draft. Of the teams he has worked out for, DePalma says that Philadelphia has shown the most interest. 

Shaq Petteway – Petteway may be the next player to follow the path Will Johnson took to the NFL. At WVU’s pro day, the Eagles asked Petteway to go through RB drills before he even attempted his linebacker drills. He has worked out for at least nine different teams, including New England.

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