Daryl Worley, Nick O'Toole, Jared Barber and Nick Kwiatkoski Perform on West Virginia's NFL Pro Day

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - More from West Virginia's Pro Day, with a focus on the performances on the defensive side.

Cornerback Daryl Worley, above, helped his NFL draft status by running a 4.58 40, trimming six hundreds of a second off his combine time of 4.64. Worley also moved through individual work in body control and tracking the ball, but wasn't at the fluidity of an elite level NFL defensive back prospect. There remains a legit question as to whether Worley should have left school early, and just how much he would have benefited from another season. Whatever the case, the junior noted that his parents were supportive, and that he believes teams are interested in him because of his ability to play corner or safety, and that his 6-1, 204-pound frame is ideal if Worley can play quickly enough.

His official NFL.com analysis reads that his strengths are the "height and arm length that every secondary coach loves. Instinctive and willing to operate outside of his zone. Won't lose the 50/50 battle very often. Sits down on receivers when ball is in the air and uses well-timed leap and outstanding hands to break it up or take it away. Credited with 12 pass breakups and six interceptions last season. Stellar reactive quickness with hands to pluck interceptions after undercutting routes. Redirects receivers with aggressive shoves. Decent finisher as tackler."

Weaknesses are that Worley "doesn't have the loose hips or fluid feet to mirror and match in man coverage. The more layered the route, the more separation allowed. Passive in bail coverage allowing significant throwing run underneath. At times becomes pre­occupied with the vertical chase and fails to find deep ball headed his way. Would like to see more aggression from him play after play. Sits and waits in run support. Doesn't use size to overpower blockers and get into running backs early."

Punter Nick O'Toole, meanwhile, did run through any drills. For such a specific skill like kickoff, punting and field goals, scouts typically want to the player to perform only that function. O'Toole did, moving to the grass practice field and punting multiple times while also displaying his kickoff skills. O'Toole surmised the performance as reasonable, though he knows his professional position nearly always dictates players catch on via free agency, then work their way onto a roster. That's the plan of now for O'Toole, who sported a clean look in an effort to make himself more professionally presentable. 

WVU linebackers Shaq Petteway, Nick Kwiatkoski and Jared Barber also went through the workout, with Barber also catching passes out of the backfield in a fullback role. All three were trying to impress, with Kwiatkoski likely having the best chance at the next level due to his size (6-2, 235-plus lbs.) and athleticism, which could serve well on special teams. Petteway is a bit smaller (6-0, 225-230 lbs.) and Barber is still battling an uphill climb because of past injuries and his more workmanlike play. All three are likely to go undrafted, and are looking to catch on via free agency as well. 

Check out the official NFL.com draft profiles for Daryl Worley and Nick Kwiatkoski here.


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