West Virginia Running Back Wendell Smallwood Picked 153rd By Philadelphia Eagles In 2016 NFL Draft

West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood lasted a bit later than expected, but he came off the boards on Saturday afternoon when he was selected in the fifth round (153rd overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wendell Smallwood, the stalwart Mountaineer, who racked up 3,080 total yards from scrimmage during his three years as a Mountaineer, will now attempt to follow the path blazed by his predecessor at WVU, Charles Sims, who has forged a very good start to his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Smallwood went to the nearby Philadelphia Eagles, following three other running backs selected in the fifth round.


Combine/Pro Day Measurements

Height: 5-10 Weight: 208 lbs. Arm Length: 30 1/2" Hands: 9 1/4"
40: 4.47/4.41 3Cone: 6.83 20 Shuttle: 4.28 60 Shuttle: 11.14
Bench: 14 reps Vertical: 33.5" Broad Jump: 120"

NFL.com Evaluation

Smallwood changed West Virginia from an "Air Raid" offense to a "ground and pound" attack. Smallwood's tape features few, true flash plays, but the quality runs seem to stack up one after another. His intelligence in pass pro and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield give him an immediate shot as a third-down back, but his combine could determine whether he hears his name on Day 3 of the draft or not.

NFLDraftScout Evaluation

Sports a tight-skinned, athletic frame with room for additional muscle mass. Terrific initial quickness to and through the hole, showing the burst to destroy pursuit angles. Exhibits patience and vision when setting up his blocks and isn't afraid to cut back against the grain. Good lateral agility and balance to elude defenders in tight quarters and to spin off of would-be tacklers. Proven receiver out of the backfield with the body control and soft hands to pluck outside of his frame and maintain his momentum. Experienced kickoff returner with the build and speed to return to this role in the NFL. -- Rob Rang

Wendell Smallwood Biography \ Statistics

Played in 38 games and started 22

WVU 2015 Offensive Player of the Year

All-Big 12 Conference Second-Team, Led Big 12 in rushing

Finished No. 4 on WVU's single-season rushing list (1,519) and No. 9 on the school’s career list (2,462)

Ranked No. 10 on WVU's single-season all-purpose yards list (1,679) and No. 9 on the school's career list (3,630)

Year GP/GS Rush Att/Yds Avg TD Long Rec/Yds Avg TD Long
2015 13/12 238/1,519 6.4 9 52 26/260 6.2 0 15
2014 13/9 148/722 4.9 2 35 31/326 10.5 0 50
2013 12/1 39/221 5.7 1 38 11/132 12.0 0 30
Total 42/42 425/2,462 5.8 12 52 68/618 9.1 0 50

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