West Virginia has six seniors with varying chances of selection in the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday night and extends for three days in a made-for-TV event. Wide receiver Kevin White has gotten the lion's share of the attention, but other Mountaineers have good chances of being selected -- and even if they don't, free agency options await that could provide a path to the pros.
Using a variety of sources and input from a number of draft devotees, here's our view of where each West Virginia alumnus might fall in the draft.
The Pick: Fourth Round
The Pick: Fifth Round
The Pick: Free Agent
Smith has great measurables, and appears to have every tool necessary to be a powerful runner inside the tackles -- one that can break the line and run away from second-level defenders on occasion. However, outside of one memorable run against Oklahoma during his junior season, he didn't display the consistent hard and tough running that his appearance indicates. He was tentative at the point of attack at times, and often had a hesitation step rather than bursting into the line. His size and strength will get him a look somewhere, but it's not likely to be as a drafted player.
The Pick: Free Agent
Spain bounced from tackle to guard at West Virginia, which leads to some concern about his mobility. While he does have good feet, and shows the ability to readjust quickly and move to pick up blocks and get downfield, his overall inconsistency and inability to dominate foes gives some pause in his draft evaluations. That shouldn't detract from his many positives, which include his size, strength and wingspan, but if productivity is the main metric, NFL teams may see some issues that drop him down their lists. Still, that shouldn't be enough to see him fall all the way out of the selection meeting.
The Pick: Seventh Round
Although we sorted this selection alphabetically, the last shall be first, and the easiest to discern, as Kevin White is assuredly a first round selection. The only think in question is where he falls in the receiver pecking order, but barring a major upset it's hard to imagine him falling out of the top half of first time through the draft batting order.
The Pick: First Round