As The NFL Draft Gets Closer, Excitement Builds At WVU

For what is expected to be one of the best West Virginia draft classes of all-time, the hype and excitement for three particular players is building each day.

Quarterback Geno Smith and receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey are all expected to be drafted within the first three rounds. Smith and Austin are expected to be first-round picks by most around the country.

Some have Smith going as high as No. 1 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs, while others such as expert Mel Kiper Jr. believe the beloved WVU quarterback is the third best quarterback of the class behind NC State’s Mike Glennon and USC’s Matt Barkley.

There have been talks that Austin, one of the more explosive guys in the country and the potential to be the next Darren Sproles, could become a member of the New England Patriots next season.

Austin, Smith, and Bailey should be drafted within the first 75-100 picks. The last time three Mountaineers went in the top 75 was the year 2000. It’s hard to believe that Marc Bulger, one of the best WVU quarterbacks and a notable starter in the NFL, was not one of the three that year; he went in the sixth-round overall.

There have been guys over the last decade that have been drafted high out of West Virginia. Adam “Pacman” Jones and Bruce Irvin are the two names that come to mind — both were top 15 picks in fact.

To get you a bit more pumped up for this year’s draft class, here’s Geno Smith’s Supreme Highlight video.

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Amit Batra is a senior print journalism major at West Virginia University. Currently, he is the Sports Editor for the student-run newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum, to further his sports writing career. Previously, Amit has covered collegiate and professional sports for WVU and numerous websites. Twitter: @Batra01