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The West Virginia Mountaineers football program drafted zero players during the 2022 NFL Draft. Leddy Brown signed an unreceived free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Meanwhile, Sean Mahone did the same with the Jacksonville Jaguars. But otherwise, West Virginia is in the draft and is again underrepresented.
Since Neil Brown took over as the Climbers head coach, only three players have been selected. Kenny Robinson, Colton McKivitz, and Tony Fields. All three are in their respective drafts. selected in the 5th round.
That certainly has an issue with the West Virginia football program. High school players who go to college end up wanting to play professionally.
Also, West Virginia doesn’t have a great track record in developing NFL-qualified players. this thing happens at least recently.
By comparison, Pitt and Virginia Tech have each produced nine drafts since 2020. That’s triple that of West Virginia over the same period.
The Mountaineers hasn’t just struggled on the floor. Since Brown took over as head coach. Finished 17-18 in the season. And also they fail in preparing the players for the next level of the game.
Those who blame former West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen. This is due to the lack of NFL qualified players. So he had to consider developing 27 draft picks in his eight seasons at Morgantown.
In addition, Holgerson has signed seven players at Houston in the three seasons since taking over as head coach of Cougar.
In all fairness, Neil Brown has worked with the former West Virginia player at Holgerson. And this will be his first season with his own players.
But looking at the current Mountaineers roster. It doesn’t seem like many players will not. Will or won’t be selected in the NFL Draft 2023.
Dante Stills, Charles Woods, Zach Frazier, Wyatt Milum, Kaden Prather, JT Daniels, and Nicco Marchiol all have the potential to be drafted, but none of them are guaranteed.
Mountaineers needs to prepare players for the next level of success as a real priority, or if future potential climbers have a better track record in picking players for the NFL draft, they’ll go elsewhere.
Not long ago, West Virginia signed 6-foot-4,280-pound defenseman Michael Lockhart. Who has spent the past three seasons with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
During his career at Georgia Tech, Lockhart played in 25 games. Starting in Game 7 and ending with 28 tackles and a 3.5 tackle loss with the Yellow Jackets.