A review of the 2004 NFL draft season. WVU had one player drafted by the NFL and had two players enter a professional league as an undrafted agents. Last Updated on 3/14/12.
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Quincy Wilson: Running back Quincy Wilson was the only WVU player drafted in 2004. He was taken by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round (219th overall) with a $34k signing bonus and $60k base salary. After taking several snaps during the preseason, he was downgraded to the practice squad, released, and then signed by the Bengals near the end of the year with a $40k base salary. Wilson spent the next three years (2005-2007) with the Bengals, playing on the practice squad or acting as a backup and usually only playing when injuries occurred. Overall, he had 2 carries for 2 yards in the four games he dressed for in his career.
Quincy Wilson was arrested in 2007 while with the Bengals, making him part of the trio of former WVU players arrested while with that team (the other two are from the 2005 draft). The author of this blog prefers to remember him for something else.
Lance Frazier: Undrafted cornerback Lance Frazier was signed by the Ravens’ practice squad with a $22k base salary and a $500 signing bonus. The Cowboys, plagued by injuries, raided raided the Ravens and signed him with a $162k base salary. Frazier started eight games with the Cowboys in 2004, accumulating 40 combined tackles, 2 interceptions and 224 yards on 24 returns. The team released Frazier before the 2005 regular season after an ankle injury. The Seahawks signed the cornerback to a futures contract in 2006, however, he was again released before the beginning of the season.
Frazier has played in the CFL since 2006, all for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. In 2007, he helped the Roughriders win the Grey Cup, the CFL’s championship game. So far, his top statistical year occurred in 2009, when he logged 38 tackles, five interceptions, and one touchdown.
Outside of his on the field play, the Montreal Gazette reports that Frazier has front office asperations:
“My dream job is to be a GM,” Frazier, 30, said Wednesday after the Roughriders practised on Taylor Field. “One of the reasons for that is one of the first teams I played for in the NFL was the Baltimore Ravens, and Ozzie Newsome was one of the few minority general managers in the league. It was part of my motivation, and I think I have a real keen eye for talent.”
Grant Wiley: Inside linebacker Grant Wiley went undrafted despite being projected to go in one of the later rounds. He was then picked up be the Vikings with a $15k signing bonus and a $135K base salary. Wiley was released before the season, signed in 2005 and again released before the season – both times due to a seperated shoulder.
After reaching the pinnacle of his football career, Wiley admitted to ESPN that he was not happy with his position in life:
“I really felt like I was in jail, personally,” he said. “It’s funny when your dream is coming true and all of a sudden your heart and mind are tilting in another direction.”
Wiley re-imagined himself, dropping 60 lbs. and refocusing on acting – a dream of his since high school. Initially, he’s dabbled in some modeling and extras work. Additionally, the ESPN article states that he did some work for the movie “Dark Fields,” which was named “Limitless” when released in the theaters. However, there is no mention of his name in assocition with the movie on the IMDb website.
And, as an end note to his section, some of Wiley’s thoughts on WVU and Mountaineer fans during an interview with CouchFireSports.com:
One day I fully realized that West Virginia fans aren’t just fans. These are people with a belief that has been ingrained in them from the time they are born that West Virginia Football and Basketball and anything WVU is a way of life. At one point in my career I really thought that this was weird. As I grew wiser I started to explore why and tried to understand this belief. We are looking at a state that has basically been fucked by globalization and outsourcing. . .The one thing everyone has in common that keeps the smiles and gives reason for hope. It has always been the West Virginia Mountaineers and always will be the West Virginia Mountaineers. I have many friends that played at major Universities all over the country and have stories to tell but I have yet to see one of their faces light up like mine or my teammates when they talk about their experience in college.
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