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Colton McKivitz Goes to San Fransisco in Fifth Round of NFL Draft

Cody Nespor

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Former WVU all-conference offensive lineman Colton McKivitz has been selected by the San Fransico 49ers in the NFL draft. San Fransisco drafted McKivitz in the fifth round, 153 overall.

McKivitz was a staple of WVU’s offensive line all four years he was in Morgantown. After redshirting his first year on campus in 2015, McKivitz worked his way into a starting role due to an injury and did not leave the starting lineup for the rest of his college career. McKivitz finished with 47 consecutive starts at tackle.

McKivitz started earning accolade right away, being named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Third Team in 2016, and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2017.

After the 2018 season, McKivitz started to receive some national attention he was named to the All-Big 12 Third Team and it was speculated that he could forego his senior season and declare for the NFL draft a year early.

McKivitz ultimately returned to WVU with the intention of adding strength and flipping across the line to play left tackle. The move paid off as McKivitz was named an Associated Press and Walter Camp All-American, the Big 12 Co-Offensive Lineman of the year and to the All-Big 12 First Team.

McKivitz competed in the 2020 Reese’s Senior Bowl and was the only Mountaineer invited to the NFL Combine in February.

While at the combine, McKivitz explained that he never even thought he would play college football as a kid. McKivitz said he always thought he could make it to college as a baseball pitcher, but started playing football his sophomore year at Union Local High School.

Most analysts had McKivitz as a late day three selection, with several projecting him to go in the seventh round.

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Cody is currently a second-year graduate student at West Virginia University studying journalism. His graduate research focuses on the effects newspaper closures have on local communities. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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