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Zach Frazier Believes Beanie Bishop, Doug Nester Deserved NFL Combine Invites



WVU Football OLs Zach Frazier and Doug Nester

In the midst of enjoying his own NFL Combine experience, Zach Frazier was still thinking about a couple West Virginia prospects who weren’t invited to join him in Indianapolis.

After describing his relationship with WVU fans, Frazier took it upon himself to recognize a couple of his teammates. Frazier said he believes both defensive back Beanie Bishop and his fellow offensive lineman Doug Nester deserved to be invited to the Combine too.

“I feel like Beanie [Bishop] and Doug Nester should be here. That’s just my opinion. I feel like Beanie had a great season and Doug, too. I feel like they should both be here,” argued Frazier.

Bishop was named a consensus All-American for his 2023 season and Nester helped anchor WVU’s strong offensive line.

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Beyond sticking up for his teammates, most of Frazier’s interview session with reporters, including Mike Asti of WV Sports Now, focused on his recovery.

Despite his progress, Frazier was over two hours late to his schedule interview session with the media, and that had everything to do with the concern over his health.

“So, I got an X-ray and a MRI on two different areas, and then one team wanted to see the other. So, like, I don’t know, if one team ask for it, you gotta go get it,” said Frazier about what caused the long delay.

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In addition to questions about his health, Frazier did reveal he had formal meetings with the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. The Pittsburgh Steelers, however, a team he has been connected to for months, did not speak with him at the Combine. Pittsburgh’s recent decision to cut their starting center caused many to speculate they will be using one of their early draft picks on a center, possibly Frazier.

Frazier appeared in 47 games for the Mountaineers over a four-year span. Frazier’s career at West Virginia came to an end when he suffered a leg injury during the Baylor game on Nov. 25. He managed to get himself off of the field, avoiding a loss of time on the clock late in the game. The Fairmont, W.Va. native capped off his Mountaineer career as an All-American and finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy.

WVU head coach Neal Brown showered Frazier with praise once it was clear his college career was over, highlighting how much his final play shows his intelligence as a player.

“I can’t say enough about Zach Frazier. So appreciative of him and his family. I think one play sums up who he is for his entire career, and I just hope our fanbase, a young man from Fairmont, I think he’s the best center in college football,” said Brown.

Watch Frazier’s full interview below.

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