WVU Players Eye 2022 NFL Draft Beginning Tonight

WVU Players Eye 2022 NFL Draft Beginning Tonight

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia’s streak of 14 consecutive years of having at least one player taken in the NFL Draft could be in jeopardy this weekend, according to NFL Draft experts.

Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline listed two Mountaineer players potentially sneaking into the final day of this year’s draft on Saturday – running back Leddie Brown and safety Alonzo Addae being WVU’s two best day-three possibilities.

Of the two, Brown probably has the better opportunity, although NFL.com draft expert Lance Zierlein listed the running back’s draft projection as a “priority free agent” on NFL.com.

According to Zierlein, Brown’s strengths include:
* NFL size to withstand punishing contact
* Proven ability to handle heavy workload
* Runs with forward lean and squared pads to fall forward
* Drives through arm tackles, adding yards to carry
* Adequate pass catching out of the backfield

Earlier this month, NFL.com analyst Maurice Jones-Drew rated Brown 29th among his top 36 running backs prospects, placing the Philadelphia resident in his “needs time to develop” category.”

Wrote Jones-Drew, “Measuring 6-foot, 213 pounds, Brown is a big back who hits the hole with decisiveness and toughness. He’s a guy who can get tough gains in short-yardage situations but lacks the speed (4.64 40). “

Brown is a two-time, 1,000-yard rusher who gained a career-high 1,065 yards in 12 games last season for the Mountaineers. He also ran for a team-best 13 touchdowns while catching 36 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown before opting out of West Virginia’s Guaranteed Rate Bowl loss to Minnesota on Dec. 28.

Brown had four carries for 16 yards in this year’s East-West Shrine Bowl played Feb. 3 at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, and he also was invited to participate at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Alonzo AddaeAddae was picked to play in this year’s Hula Bowl on Jan. 15 in Orlando, Florida.

Brown, Addae and safeties Sean Mahone and Scottie Young Jr. joined specialists Evan Staley and Tyler Sumpter at this year’s West Virginia Pro Day on March 29 inside the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility.

After having five players taken in the 2019 draft – following Dana Holgorsen’s final season at WVU – West Virginia’s cupboard of draft-caliber prospects was left somewhat bare. One player on the Mountaineer roster was selected during Neal Brown‘s first season in 2019, offensive tackle Colton McKivitz, and Brown-signee Tony Fields II was the lone player picked from last year’s team.

The 2020 NFL Draft begins with tonight’s first round at 8 pm at Caesars Forum in Paradise, Nevada. Live television coverage is available on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC and NFL Network.

Rounds two and three on Friday will get underway at 7 pm, while Saturday’s remaining four rounds will start at noon.

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