West Virginia’s season is over, and they won their “bowl game” against a conference rival who needed the win to become bowl eligible. Most certainly, the game had a bittersweet ending for the Mountaineers squad. What does West Virginia offer the NFL this season? Here is everyone you need to know on the Mountaineers roster.
RB Kennedy McKoy (Sr)
Kennedy McKoy has been the rock on this West Virginia squad for quite some time. Effective both as a runner and a receiver, McKoy compiled 2656 scrimmage yards and 25 touchdowns during his career in West Virginia. He’s a good size back at 6’0″ and 204 pounds.https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
McKoy is more of a north and south runner, a quickly dying breed of running back at the NFL level. He has good speed, but it’s not top end and his size is frame is slightly too small to make a huge NFL impact. McKoy is currently a priority free agent pick-up who will be fighting for a spot after camp.
LT Colton McKivitz (RS-Sr)
Do you want to talk about a fearsome dude? Colton McKivitz has had NFL scouts watching him since his sophomore season. At 6’7″ and 312 pounds, McKivitz clearly has the size that NFL scouts want to see in an offensive tackle, and can be quite the force when he desires to be.
ZONE COMBO TECH … HANDS IN FRONT and don’t BURY YOUR HEAD. Too many linemen try to use shoulder blocks when uncovered and they get GRABBED or LOSE THEIR ANGLE to the LB. Watch LT (Colton McKivitz) here. Good timing with his hands. pic.twitter.com/CNUxtC0p9w— Paul Alexander (@CoachPaulAlex) September 14, 2019
McKivitz is a smart player as well as a leader. He’s been the guy that the Mountaineers have turned to the last couple of years. These are traits that will attract NFL teams during the pre-draft cycle, so I would expect McKivitz to be a late day one to day two player.
CB Keith Washington (RS-Sr Transfer)
Keith Washington started his career at Michigan, where he took his red-shirt season in 2015 and played his freshman season in 2016. He made a personal decision to leave the program, and ended up at Copiah Lincoln Community College in 2017. Washington joined West Virginia as a JUCO prospect, and has started for the Mountaineers since.https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Washington has some ball skills, as his 5 career interceptions indicate. He’s quick, fast, but he is most certainly undersized. At 6’1″ and 180 pounds, he needs to put some meat on his frame. I like what he brings to a team, but he won’t last in the NFL if he doesn’t get up to around 200 pounds.
DB Josh Norwood (RS-Sr Transfer)
I had highlighted Norwood throughout the season as a guy that needed to be watched. He moved from cornerback to safety during the offseason, as West Virginia played a strange three deep look most of the season. He’s much to small to play safety in the NFL, standing at 5’10” and 175 pounds. Another Big Ten product turned Big Twelve, Norwood spend his first two seasons at Ohio State before transferring to Northwest Mississippi Community College and rejoining FBS ranks as a JUCO prospect.
West Virginia safety Josh Norwood broke his collarbone on this single high, Cover 3 INT and is now out for the year. A redshirt senior, Norwood sacrificed his body. He does blow assignments, but he deserves a NFL opportunity. Hair on fire. Plays BIG. Gutsy pic.twitter.com/I82se4lh8U— Matty F. Brown (@mattyfbrown) November 21, 2019
Norwood has been a good piece for the Mountaineers to have, and has played the safety position pretty well. However, he is coming off of a broken collarbone that he suffered while intercepting a pass against Kansas State. I project him fitting the league better as a cornerback, but if he can gain 20 pounds, he’d be a good safety.