The Mountaineers held their annual Pro Day in front of NFL Scouts. Below are a few recap videos and thoughts from around the web.
Before the Pro Days, the former players got a chance to sign autographs for fans and spoke with Geoff Coyle of WVIllustrated.
Good luck to all my Wvu boys tomorrow at pro day make that money don't let that money make you.— Mr. Undrafted (@quinton_spain) April 3, 2016
Quinton Spain wasn't invited to the NFL Combine in 2015 but impressed at his WVU Pro Day. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans and started the last 6 games of the season last year.
All 32 teams were represented in Morgantown, including Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin.
Tomlin was seen throughout the day chatting up different players, especially Karl Joseph. Safety is definitely one of the needs for the local Steelers and Karl could represent the next play-making safety for the team. Karl certainly has an interesting warm up routine for his bench press.
NFL scouts look on as Wendell Smallwood runs the 40 at WVU's Pro Day. pic.twitter.com/QHchuNGii5— EerSports.com (@EerSportsDotCom) April 4, 2016
Wendell Smallwood says scouts timed him at 4.37 in the 40-yard dash. #WVU— Geoff Coyle (@GFCoyle) April 4, 2016
The 40-yard dash is always the prize jewel of scouts and fans. Certainly a bad 40 time can hinder you and a fast 40 can make you rise in some teams eyes. Take LaQuan Treadwell of Ole Miss, who has seen some of his draft stock fall after what many scouts consider a disappointing 40 time. Treadwell ran a 4.65 at his Pro Day last week and in this speed trumps all universe we live in, teams are now reconsidering his position. It isn't always the fairest position and certainly players play faster than their times may indicate but there is always someone out there who is worried about speed.
Laquan Treadwell's unofficial 40 time of 4.65 is a bit disappointing, yet expected. I don't think it will hurt his stock that much.— Theory Sports (@TheorySports) March 28, 2016
Isaiah Bruce runs the shuttle at WVU pro day. pic.twitter.com/nPboj8ty0g— WVSports.com (@WVSportsDotCom) April 4, 2016
KJ Dillon has really come alive this senior year and in the NFL workouts. At the North-South All Star Game, Dillon shined in both practices and during the game. He tested well at the NFL Combine, clocking a 4.53 40-yard dash. All of this has led the safety to skyrocket up pre-draft rankings.
While KJ Dillon has shined since ending his playing career with the Mountaineers, former cornerback Daryl Worley has not. Worley was suspended for the Cactus Bowl and then declared for the NFL Draft. He was invited to the NFL Combine but left disappointed after running a 4.64 40-yard dash. Worley came in expecting to improve upon his 40-yard time.
Daryl Worley tells me scouts clocked him between 4.48-4.50 in his 40-yard dash. Pleased with that time. #WVU— Geoff Coyle (@GFCoyle) April 4, 2016
Mike Casazza was able to get his hands on an "official" stat sheet handed out by WVU. Its crooked and doesn't match what all the different scouts had since scouts hand-time many things and keep their own notes. You can find it here.
The Mountaineers aren't the only players who are showing off for scouts. Players from local schools will also participate in the Pro Day, since it may be the only chance scouts get to see of players from Division II and Division III schools. Included is Rahmann Lee of Glenville State, who rushed for 419 yards in a single game this year.