West Virginia has always managed to get a handful of players into the NFL Scouting Combine, and this year they have put an even half-dozen into the event, which runs from Feb. 23-29 in Indianapolis. The list is defense heavy, with safeties Karl Joseph, K.J. Dillon, cornerback Daryl Worley and inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski making up four of the six participants. Rounding out the list are punter Nick O'Toole and running back Wendell Smallwood.
Smallwood and O'Toole will have the onfiled portion of their workouts on Friday, Feb. 26, followed by Kwiatkoski on Sunday, Feb. 28 and Dillon, Joseph and Worley on Monday, Feb. 29.
The sextet has already been assigned preliminary grades on the NFL's Combine site. The scale, ranging from 4.5-10, gives a snapshot look at a player's NFL projection, ranging from "chance to be in an NFL training camp" to "once in a lifetime player. WVU's participants fall toward the middle of the scale, which is not an even progression along whole numbers. For example, Dillon has a current grade of 5.24, which, while toward the lower end of the scale, carries the designation "NFL backup or special team potential". Worley (5.36) also falls into that range.
The highest ranked Mountaineer alumnus is Joseph, who carries a 5.51 "Chance to be an NFL starter", evaluation. O'Toole (5.12) and Kiwatkoski (5.1) are both slotted in the "Better than average chance to make an NFL roster" category. Somewhat strangely, Smallwood does not yet have an evaluation.