In January, we brought you early NFL Draft Previews on Bruce Irvin and Keith Tandy. In this article, we’ll run down the rest of the Mountaineer NFL Draft Prospects in encapsulated form. Tandy, Najee Goode, and Julian Miller all represented the Mountaineers and themselves in the East/West Shrine Game. All three performed very well.
Before we go through the players, first a couple important dates to keep in mind as we move towards the NFL Draft:
- Feb 25-28: NFL Scouting Combine
- March 16: WVU Pro Day
- 2012 NFL Draft: April 26-28
In the days leading to these events, WVUPros will be your home for the best coverage dedicated to the Mountaineers entering the NFL Draft. The following sentence can be put at the end of every capsule in some form below: ____ can greatly help himself by having a great workout at the Combine/Pro-Day.
Julian Miller- Projected 5-6th Round
Miller has a similar challenge facing him going into the Draft that Bruce Irvin does: Is he a DE or a OLB at the next level? Like Irvin, Miller is smallish for a DE, but, because of his speed and size, could be an ideal fit as a 3-4 OLB on an NFL team. Miller stood out during the 2nd half of the Shrine Game flashing his speed at getting to the quarterback and showing that he can move around offensive linemen by almost grabbing an interception. He wreaked havoc during his time in the game. Some pundits believe the Shrine Game moved Miller into a 5th Round slot.
Najee Goode- Projected 4-5th Round
Goode showed that he is a versatile linebacker during his Mountaineer career and during the Shrine Game. He can play all three linebacker positions. At the NFL level, Goode is a middle-linebacker candidate with his ability to seek out and destroy running backs as he did during the Shrine Game. Goode went from being on the fringes of the NFL Draft to potential 4th or 5th Round pick. It was reported that Goode spoke with the Denver Broncos after the game.
Tyler Urban- Projected 7th Round
Urban ranks #14 out of 114 TE’s eligible for the NFL Draft according to NFLDraftScout.com. Urban will play in the 2012 Players All-Star Classic on Feb. 4th. When Dana Holgorsen took over the offense in Morgantown, Urban’s TE position became a relic of the past. He moved to an inside receiver position during his senior season where Geno Smith worked Urban effectively in the middle of the field. If you take a look at the way NFL offenses are evolving, the TE position is becoming more prominent as teams search for playmakers. During his senior season, Urban posted career highs in catches, yards, and touchdowns. He has great hands, being able to catch nearly every ball thrown his way.
Don Barclay- Projected 7th Round
Barclay earned 1st team All-Big East honors following his senior season at WVU. He started 29 games during his career. He played OT at WVU but lacks the ideal foot speed to play on the outside, so he projects as a G at the NFL. He’s smart, tough, and has road-grader type workmanship.
Other Players to Watch:
- Brad Starks
- Eain Smith