NFL Draft: WVU’s Colton McKivitz To San Francisco

West Virginia offensive linemen Colton McKivitz (53) and Mike Brown (left) pass protect for quarterback Austin Kendall
West Virginia offensive linemen Colton McKivitz (53) and Mike Brown (left) pass protect for quarterback Austin Kendall

NFL Draft: WVU’s Colton McKivitz To San Francisco


West Virginia offensive lineman Colton McKivitz will be joining a talented team when pro sports return to the American landscape. The Mountaineer alum was selected in the fifth round by the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday. The 49ers made it to last year’s Super Bowl before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs.

McKivitz watched his selection from Arizona, where he has been training with Offensive Line Performance while awaiting the draft. The 49ers traded into the spot in a deal with the Miami Dolphins. The Niners sent running back Matt Brieda to the Dolphins in return for the pick.


Colton McKivitz     ROUND: 5     PICK:  7     OVERALL PICK:  153   TEAM: 49ers


McKivitz could be a right tackle in the NFL, but might also be a guard prospect if speed on the edge becomes an issue. Without question, he would be a positive addition to any offensive line room, as his work ethic and willingness to take on assignments make him a valuable teammate, and eventually a leader, in most any environment.

The 49ers currently have eight offensive tackles on their roster, including Mike McGlinchey, a first-round pick in 2018, and 13-year vet Joe Staley, though Staley is expected to retire this summer. {UPDATE: Staley announced his retirement later on Saturday.] San Francisco did trade with Washington for offensive tackle Trent Williams this weekend to replace Staley. Journeyman Jake Brendel has three years of time with the Miami Dolphins, but none of the other five have more than two years of NFL experience, so it’s a young group that McKivitz will be battling with when camps open.

McKivitz’ NFL draft profile highlights his “above-average nastiness” while noting that his measurables, which were below the average at the NFL Combine, might be a cause for concern. However, those who watched more than a highlight tape noticed his attention to technique and detail, which improved dramatically over his WVU career, and his ability to execute combination and downfield blocks effectively.

McKivitz is projected as a borderline back-up\developmental prospect by the league, but with much of that based on some perceived shortcomings, such as a lack of arm length and speed. His on-field collegiate performance definitely suggests a higher ceiling.

McKivitz was a first-team all-state pick in both football and basketball as a high school senior in Ohio, and a four-year starter at WVU where he earned all-league honors and was the Big 12’s co-offensive lineman of the year and a member of multiple All-American teams as a senior.




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    NFL Draft: WVU’s Colton McKivitz To San Francisco West Virginia offensive lineman Colton McKivitz will be joining a talented team when pro sports retu
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    The Mouuntaineer alum was selected in the fifth round by the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The 49ers made it to last year’s Super Bowl

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    IMO not a good fit for McKivitz.  Will be hard for him to make the roster.

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    Definitely a good bit of competition. If he can show he can play tackle, and maybe even be a swing guy, then even if SF isn’t a good fit maybe he gets notice from elsewhere.

    That’s a big question mark for this year, though. Shortened camps? Fewer snaps? All of that might work against new guys coming in, and those competing for the last few spots on rosters.

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