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McKivitz Signs His Rookie Contract with San Francisco

Cody Nespor

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Former Mountaineer lineman Colton McKivitz has signed his rookie contract with the San Francisco 49ers, according to the team.

The 49ers selected McKivitz in the fifth round (153 overall) of the 2020 NFL draft in April. He was one of two former Mountaineers to be selected in the draft safety Kenny Robinson, who left WVU after 2018 and played one year in the now-defunct XFL, was selected by the Carolina Panthers one pick prior to McKivitz (152 overall).

According to nfltraderumors, McKivitz is expected to sign a four-year rookie contract worth $3,622,315 with a $327,315 signing bonus. He is the first member of San Francisco’s 2020 draft class to sign. The 49ers selected South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw and Arizona State receiver Brandon Aiyuk in the first round, McKivitz in the fifth, Georgia tight end Charlie Woerner in the sixth and Tennessee receiver Jauan Jennings in the seventh.

McKivitz started all 12 games at left tackle for the Mountaineers in 2019, transitioning from the right side where he played in 2018. Despite the change, McKivitz was as solid as ever, being named an AP Third-Team All-American, First Team All-Big 12 and the Big 12 Conference Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year.

After redshirting in 2015, the Jacobsburg, Ohio native proved extremely reliable and durable for the Mountaineers, starting the final 47 consecutive games of his career.

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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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