Six former West Virginia University players have been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine: RB Wendell Smallwood, S Karl Joseph, S KJ Dillon, P Nick O'Toole, CB Daryl Worley and ILB Nick Kwiatkoski. Friday saw Wendell Smallwood get his chance to shine showing off his speed and agility while posting top numbers in two of the drills. Monday saw KJ Dillon post a blazing 40 yard dash.
Monday, the last day of the NFL Combine, was the day for defensive backs to shine. Safety KJ Dillon increased his prospect status by posting an unofficial 4.48 40 yard dash, later corrected to a 4.53. According to NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks, anything under 4.60 at safety is "blazing". KJ appears to have only participated in a few individual workouts but did perform for scouts in drills.
Daryl Worley disappointed in his 40 yard dash but posted a top time in the 60-yard shuttle. Worley, a junior who received a stay in school grade, hoped to perform better. Worley is currently being viewed as a Day 3 selection.
Safety Karl Joseph, who was unable to participate in drills due to his knee injury recovery, interviewed with teams and spoke at length with Deion Sanders. Joseph is viewed as the top safety in the draft by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, a former defensive back. Mayock dropped names like former All Big 12 player Earl Thomas in his comparison of Joseph.
40 Yard Dash - 4.53 seconds (4th)
Bench Press - 11 reps (DNR)
Vertical Leap - Did Not Participate
Broad Jump - 10'-1" (9th)
20-Yard Shuttle - Did Not Participate
60-Yard Shuttle - Did Not Participate
40 Yard Dash - 4.64 seconds (DNR)
Bench Press - 14 reps (DNR)
Vertical Leap - 35.5 inches (DNR)
Broad Jump - 10'-3" (DNR)
20-Yard Shuttle - 4.15 seconds (9th)
60-Yard Shuttle - 10.87 seconds (2nd)
KJ Dillon clocked at 4.48 unofficially in his second 40-yard dash attempt.https://t.co/ISTJT4ZrJ5 https://t.co/fZIZDSk7gg— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) February 29, 2016
K.J. Dillon in the gauntlet drill pic.twitter.com/0RdYtmsohv— DUB-V Nation™ (@wvusports247) February 29, 2016
Deion Sanders of NFL Network caught up with former safety Karl Joseph. Here is the interview below where Karl recounts what players he wants to be like and what sport he used to play.
NFL Network caught up with Karl Joseph earlier this afternoon. #HailWV https://t.co/LYqxoQzf0H— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) February 29, 2016
Daryl Worley finishing his final attempt at the 40 yard dash #WVU pic.twitter.com/tszLAX08bJ— DUB-V Nation™ (@wvusports247) February 29, 2016
That wraps up the 2016 NFL Combine for the Mountaineers. Here's a full rundown:
Wendell Smallwood was one of the top performers at the NFL Combine.— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) March 1, 2016
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Nick Kwiatkoski finished in the Top 5 of the 20-yard shuttle.— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) March 1, 2016
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Karl Joseph is the No. 1 safety in the draft according to @MikeMayock.— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) March 1, 2016
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KJ Dillon was one of the top performers among safeties in the 40-yard dash.— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) March 1, 2016
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Daryl Worley rounded out a great week for the Mountaineers at the NFL Combine.— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) March 1, 2016
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Nick O'Toole had the No. 2 ranking among punters on https://t.co/Daa6DUbPLx. pic.twitter.com/zhnbkIqZK4— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) March 1, 2016