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A History of WVU Mountaineers in the NFL Draft

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It will probably be a down year for the Mountaineers in this year’s NFL Draft. Of the WVU alum available in this year’s draft, offensive lineman Colton McKivitz and ex-XFL and Mountaineer safety Kenny Robinson were the only players ranked in Gil Brandt’s top 150 draft prospects.

At the end of the day, they will probably be the only two selected to represent the Mountain State at the next level of football.

So where does that leave WVU alum in the NFL? There are 17 current Mountaineers on an NFL roster with a few more bouncing around practice squads.

Here are some more interesting facts about WVU alum and the NFL Draft (dating back to 1969, aka the beginning of the Super Bowl era).

Most Mountaineers selected in a year

  • 1989: 8 picks selected
  • 1990: 7 picks
  • 1999: 6 picks
  • 2016, 2019: 5 picks

Fun facts

  • 2007 was the last year without a WVU player selected in the NFL draft
  • Adam Jones is the highest Mountaineer ever drafted in the NFL: 1st round, 6th overall
  • There have been 8 Mountaineers drafted in the first round: Jones, Kevin White (7), Brian Jowziak (7), Tavon Austin (8), Renaldo Turnbull (14), Karl Joseph (14), Bruce Irvin (15), Anthony Becht (27)
  • There are no drafted Mountaineers in the NFL Hall of Fame from the modern era (post AFC/NFC merger)
  • There have been 23 Mountaineer defensive backs selected in the NFL Draft, the most of any position
  • Draft picks by position: Defensive back (23) running back (19), linebacker (17), wide receiver (16), defensive tackle (10), defensive end (8), quarterback (7), tackle (5), tight end (5), guard (4), punter/kicker (3), center (2),  fullback (1)

Every single Mountaineer ever selected in the NFL Draft (post-merger)

YearRndPickPlayerPositionDrAgeTmFromToAP1PBStCarAVGGSCmpAttYdsTDIntAttYdsTDRecYdsTDIntSacks
20193101Yodny CajusteT23NWE000
20193100Will GrierQB24CAR201920190001222852228047220
20194120Gary JenningsWR22SEA20192019000010
20196188David LongLB20TEN201920190001140
20194121Trevon WescoTE23NYJ2019201900001611202470
20184119Kyzir WhiteS22LAC20182019000619102
2017399Rasul DouglasCB22PHI201720190001046185
20175166Shelton GibsonWR22PHI2017201800002003590
20165159K.J. DillonS22HOU20162016000050
2016114Karl JosephS22OAK2016201900414494143
20164113Nick KwiatkoskiILB23CHI2016201900115572212
20165153Wendell SmallwoodRB22PHI2016201900010521223393155645226
2016377Daryl WorleyCB21CAR201620190041856495
20157238Mario AlfordWR23CIN201520160000401150
20154134Mark GlowinskiG23SEA20152019003196244
20155158Shaquille RiddickDE22ARI000
201517Kevin WhiteWR23CHI201620180002145190252850
2014388Will ClarkeDE23CIN201420180006531
2014369Charles SimsRB23TAM2014201700013472245958212911906
201318Tavon AustinWR23STL20132019004259650010001961340102152006157
2013392Stedman BaileyWR22STL2013201500073883461598432
2013239Geno SmithQB22NYJ201320180021540315239066182293614766171130
20125140Najee GoodeLB23TAM20122019000109081
2012115Bruce IrvinDE24SEA201220190064011990352
20126174Keith TandyDB23TAM20122018000109015118082
2011498Brandon HoganDB23CAR201120110000301
20117253Chris NeildDT23WAS201120140002240
20115134Robert SandsDB21CIN20112012000010
20116195J.T. ThomasLB23CHI2012201700212622320.5
20107231Selvish CapersT24WAS201220120000302
20097220Ellis LanksterDB22BUF2009201400054912
20097222Pat McAfeeK22IND200920161281812701235002180
2009244Pat WhiteQB23MIA20092009000113005000218101
20086194Ryan MundyDB23PIT2009201400116963013306
20085163Owen SchmittFB23SEA200820120001741611280342182
2008389Steve SlatonRB22HOU200820110022045264421896131008085
20066179Dee McCannDBDET002
2005383Chris HenryWR22CIN20052009000165512119182621
200516Adam JonesDB21TEN2005201811652146104000002802310173
20055174Rasheed MarshallWR24SFO2005200500001201-701-10
20047219Quincy WilsonRB23ATL20062007000040220
20035144James DavisLB24DET20032005002134030
20034130Lance NimmoTTAM00
2000127Anthony BechtTE23NYJ20002011008121671321881537213.5
20006168Marc BulgerQB23NOR2002200902757969519693171228141229311830084210
2000250Barrett GreenLB22DET20002005004216549
2000247Jerry PorterWR22OAK20002008004341156891702954120315
1999233Charles FisherDB23CIN19991999000011
19994121Kevin LandoltDT23JAX19991999000010
1999255Solomon PageG23DAL1999200300322675827.5
1999375Gary StillsDE25KAN19992008010151341
1999252John ThorntonDT22TEN199920080075014312318.5
1999395Amos ZereoueRB22PIT1999200500022841755321371013711111
19987203Henry SlayDT23ATL19981998000030
19976176Canute CurtisLB23CIN1997200200197015
1997250Mike LoganDB22JAX19972006001191162854.5
19964124Kantroy BarberRB22NWE199919990000203
1996363Aaron BeasleyDB23JAX1996200400743121105248.5
1996368John BrowningDT22KAN199620050044012196127.5
19967216Lovett PurnellTE24NWE199619990002367191595
1995256Todd SauerbrunP22CHI199520072311251780236300590
1994376Rich BrahamC23ARI1994200600954146142
19946169Jay KearneyWRGNB00
19946191Darren StudstillDB24DAL199419960000160
1993368Mike ComptonG22DET1993200400650151119
19935120Adrian MurrellRB22NYJ199320030053712267137551992321413695
199210253Steve GrantLB22IND199219970042283471
19927194Jim GrayDTNWE00
19909236Lonnie BrockmanLBNOR003
1990251Mike FoxDE23NYG19901998004421338445.5
199012317Major HarrisQBRAI00
19909229Jack LinnT23DET19911993000411717
19907168Basil ProctorLBNYJ00
1990228Reggie RembertWR23NYJ199119930005284364371
1990114Renaldo TurnbullDE24NOR1990199711338120601
19898209A.B. BrownRB23NYJ1989199200003314011718400
19897172Undra JohnsonRB23ATL198919890000602
19899237Pat MarlattDTNYJ00
19898217Alvoid MaysDB23HOU19901995000974125
19896157Bo OrlandoDB23HOU19901998003231295510
19898197Chris ParkerDTDET00
198911298Brian SmiderTHOU001
19896166Craig TaylorRB23CIN1989199100053641144807281883
1988484David GrantDE22CIN198819930021170221
198712328John HolifieldRB23CIN198919890000301120021808.5
198612331Derek ChristianLBBUF00
198617Brian JozwiakG23KAN198619880003283
19867182Fred SmallsLB23SDG198719870001332.5
198511281Willie DrewreyWR22HOU198519930001112832-4010616017
19854104Ron WolfleyRB22STL19851995040214514862632262002
198512333Paul WoodsideKBUF00
198412317Steve HathawayLB22IND19841984000161
19849246Rich HollinsWRDET00
1984359Jeff HostetlerQB23NYG198519970165615283135723381643094713161391171100
198311302Mark RaughTEPIT00
1983239Darryl TalleyLB23BUF198319960212722161871238.5
1982244Oliver LuckQB22HOU19831986000620923341325441321442371
198110269Robert AlexanderRB23RAM1982198300002408310230
19815133Delbert FowlerLBHOU00
19816154Fulton WalkerDB23MIA1981198600038125
19789236Tom PridemoreDB22ATL197819850064412197255021
197811285Dave RileyRBNOR00
19768225Charles BraswellDBDET00
197614380Al GluchoskiCNYJ00
1976390Ron LeeRB22BAL1976197800094282069405241601
197617484Rich LukowskiDTMIN00
197617462Scott MacDonaldTENOR00
19764115Artie OwensWR23SDG197619800006645411541274182
19758188John AdamsDTSTL00
1975362Danny BuggsWR22NYG1975197900216683210011015724
197516403Kerry MarburyRBNWE00
197511263Jeff MerrowDE22ATL1975198300843108101
19756150Charles MillerDBCLE00
197510237Marshall MillsWRATL005.5
197314347Ed WilliamsRBBAL00
197216405Leon JenkinsDB22DET19721972000240
1971357Jim BraxtonRB22BUF1971197800437906413490074128902514414736
1971374Dale FarleyLB21MIA1971197300081311
19718201Bob GreshamRB23NOR19711976003187528122900410136012907281
19709209Carl CrennelLB21PIT19701970000230
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