We have learned this afternoon that three Mountaineer underclassmen have submitted paperwork to test the waters for the 2016 NFL draft. Running backs Rushel Shell (r-Jr) and Wendell Smallwood (Jr) as well as junior cornerback Daryl Worley will all reportedly test their draft stock in the coming month.
Submitting paperwork for the NFL is common practice and happens after every season. By submitting, players are able to gauge their draft stock and decide whether or not it is in their best interests to remain at the collegiate level for one more year. Underclassmen are usually looking to be predicted in the first three rounds before foregoing their senior season.
The date to decide whether to officially submit their names into the 2016 NFL is mid January. If a player officially submits their name into the NFL draft they are no longer eligible to play the following season.
WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen addressed this during his morning press conference stating, “”We will submit a few, I can’t tell you what they’re all going to say, but we’ll wait until they get them back.” Holgorsen did continue though to imply he felt all three would be back for the 2016 season.