Two-time Big 12 co-offensive lineman of the year Colton McKivitz is one of the only Mountaineers from this past season generating buzz surrounding the upcoming NFL draft.
McKivitz was the only Mountaineer invited to this year’s NFL combine back in February and is largely seen as a late-round pick by most outlets covering the draft. At the combine, McKivitz talked about how he had never even planned on playing college, football let alone having the opportunity to play in the NFL. He said he would be happy to be taken by anyone.
Most outlets that have done full mock drafts have McKivitz being selected in the seventh round. The earliest any mock draft has McKivitz going is Bleacher Report. BR has McKivitz as a fifth-round pick by the Detroit Lions at pick 149. The next highest is draftsite.com in the sixth round at 197 by the Miami Dolphins.
CBSSports, The Athletic, Pro Football Network and The Draft Wire all have McKivitz going in the seventh round. CBS has the Tennessee Titans taking McKivitz at pick 224. CBS also lists McKivitz as an offensive guard, noting that he may be able to play tackle at the next level. Both Pro Football Network and The Athletic have McKivitz going at 233, picked by the Chicago Bears. The Draft Wire has McKivitz being the second to last pick in the draft, 254, picked by the Denver Broncos.
Walter Football did not have McKivitz being selected, but predicted former WVU cornerback Keith Washington II being taken in the seventh round, 225 overall, by the Baltimore Ravens.
Round one of the NFL draft will be Thursday, April 23 with rounds two and three on Friday and four through seven on Saturday.