In the modern era of the NFL Draft (since 1967), there have been 104 West Virginia Mountaineers selected and 177 overall since the draft began in 1936. This weekend, we could see several more names added to that list by the end of the 2014 NFL Draft such as Charles Sims and Will Clarke.
Over the next four days, we will take a look at the picks from WVU by round. Tonight, the NFL will hold the First Round so we will review the six Mountaineers taken in that round in the modern era and give you a snapshot of their NFL careers.
1986 – Pick #7 T Brian Jozwiak, Kansas City Chiefs
The two-time All-American offensive lineman from WVU only played three seasons with the Chiefs before suffering a career-ending hip injury. At last report, he was a high school teacher in Florida.
1990 – Pick #14 DE Renaldo Turnbull, New Orleans Saints
Turnbull played 8 seasons in the NFL for the Saints and Carolina Panthers. He had nine sacks during his rookie season and 13 in his second, earning Pro-Bowl and All-Pro selections. He played 120 games in his career totaling 45.5 sacks.
2000 – Pick #27 TE Anthony Becht, New York Jets
Becht played 11 seasons in the NFL for the Jets, Bucs, Rams, Cardinals and Chiefs. Known for being a versatile tight end with equal abilities to block and catch passes, he tallied 188 receptions and 21 TDs in his career. You can now find him doing color analysis for college football games on the ESPN network of channels and appears on ESPN2’s CFB Daily.
2005 – Pick #6 CB Adam Jones, Tennessee Titans
Throughout his career, Jones has played for the Titans, Cowboys and currently plays for the Bengals. In that time, he has compiled 284 tackles, two sacks, eight INTs, 11 total touchdowns.
2012 – Pick #15 DE Bruce Irvin, Seattle Seahawks
Among this group of players, Irvin is the only one to win a Super Bowl. After two seasons, Irvin has 56 total tackles, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception. Next season, the team plans to get him more involved in his specialty: rushing the quarterback.
2013 – Pick #8 WR Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
Austin’s rookie season was shortened by injury and somewhat marred by QB Sam Bradford’s season-ending knee injury midway through the season. He played 13 games and had 151 rushing yards, 418 receiving yards and 678 combined return yards and four total TDs. In Week 10, he joined Randy Moss and Gale Sayers as the only rookies to score three touchdowns in one game.
Check back tomorrow when we bring you WVU’s All-Time Draft Picks from Rounds 2 and 3.