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Three Former Mountaineers Drafted into the USFL

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The USFL draft has come and gone with three Mountaineers being among the 280 players drafted into the league. There is still a supplemental draft happening in March before the league starts play in April, allowing for the chance of more WVU alumni to be drafted into the spring football league. The three players from West Virginia selected were OT Marquis Lucas (New Orleans Breakers), S Dravon Askew-Henry (New Jersey Generals) and OG Mike Brown (New Jersey Generals).

Marquis Lucas

After going undrafted in the 2016 NFL draft, Lucas was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills. He was cut in preseason, and found his way onto three other NFL practice squads (Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) across two seasons. He then found his way into two failed leagues as he was a member of the Orlando Apollos in the Alliance of American Football followed by a member of the Tampa Bay Vipers in the XFL. While at WVU, he appeared in 26 games across two seasons (2014-15).

Dravon Askew-Henry

Former Aliquippa and West Virginia safety Dravon Askew-Henry was taken by the New Jersey Generals in the USFL draft. Askew-Henry started a school-record 51 games in four seasons at West Virginia before he graduated following the 2018 season. He went undrafted in the 2019 NFL draft, but spent time on the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots and New York Giants practice squads. He was also on the XFL’s New York Guardians in 2020, prior to the league ceasing operations.

Henry never played in a regular season NFL game despite spending two years on four different practice squads. While at West Virginia, he brought in four interceptions and made 170 tackles across three seasons. He was projected to fall between rounds 5-7 in the 2019 NFL draft, before going undrafted.

Mike Brown

Brown graduated last year and went undrafted in the 2021 NFL Draft. Brown is an incredible story as he didn’t even play football until he went to Eastern Arizona Community College. He spent two years there, then transferred to West Virginia. After spending the 2018 season redshirted, he took over the starting left guard position midway through the 2019 season before being moved to right guard and starting all 10 games for West Virginia in 2020.

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