WVU Alums Complete Senior Bowl Experience
All five of West Virginia’s participants in the Reese’s Senior Bowl had good days as they wrapped up their time in Mobile, Alabama and turned to the next phase of their preparations for potential pro careers. For some, their next major event will be the NFL Combine, which begins on February 26 and runs through March 4. Invitations for the combine, which number approximately 300, are in the process of being made for seniors, with underclassmen to follow.
Quarterback Will Grier played the first quarter, completing four of his eight pass attempts for 61 yards while leading the South team to a touchdown and a field goal on his two possessions. Grier hit a pair of slant routes right on the button, and showed his elusiveness in avoiding the rush and completing a 34-yard pass. He did miss one open receiver on a mid-range route.
One-Sentence Anonymous Scout Evaluation: “He has a second round grade but he might get pushed up. He knows the game.”
Linebacker David Long was his typical self. The early draft entrant had a pair of solo tackles, and was also credited for a pass breakup when he tagged a North receiver just after the ball arrived. He tracked ballcarriers well, and was typically around the ball on a day when the rules (no blitzing, no stunts) took away some of his beast weapons.
One-Sentence Anonymous Scout Evaluation: “He is super productive, and he does everything you want out of a linebacker.”
Gary Jennings was targeted four times and had two catches, making them both count. The first was a 54-yard reception in which he got behind the defense, while the second was a ten-yard scoring catch that accounted for the South’s final score. Jennings opened some eyes with his speed all week, and his intensity, as well as his game performance, did nothing but help his profile.
One-Sentence Anonymous Scout Evaluation: “He did make the tough catches, and he had some big games.”
David Sills had two catches for 28 yards, including a 15-yard scoring strike on three targets. He had competitive battles all week during one-on-ones, and is probably headed for a later round selection. It will be interesting to see whether he or Jennings goes first in the draft.
One-Sentence Anonymous Scout Evaluation: “He catches it in the red zone and on fades really well.”
Trevon Wesco showed his versatility, lining up as a fullback to provide some crunching lead blocking, but also catching all three passes thrown his way for a total of 10 yards. The South team did not use him downfield, but he showed that ability during drills, creating separation and beating defenders on multiple reps. With the evolution of the tight end in today’s game, Wesco has to be rising up the draft boards of multiple teams.
One-Sentence Anonymous Scout Evaluation: “He got in there and produced, and he played really strong this year.”
We’ll have more on WVU’s NFL Draft prospects and potential free agent picks in our upcoming February glossy magazine edition of the Blue & Gold News.