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HCS Op-Ed: West Virginia Mountaineers Impressed at NFL Combine

Kevin White, Mario Alford, and Mark Glowinski had an exceptional last season at WVU. Each was noticed for making outstanding plays and all helped the offense set many records – and that success continued through the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium. Going into the combine, fans knew these three would not disappoint, but I’m not sure if anyone expected them to produce the kinds of numbers they did and make the lasting impressions; the kind of impressions they were still talking about days after the combine ended.

Kevin White had the scouts’ attention from the get go thanks to his monster season in the Big 12 of 109 catches, 1,477 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Mountaineers. But, then you add his size, speed and acrobatic catches, which had many NFL personnel people salivating. When comparing White to the 2014 Biletnikoff winner, Amari Cooper, and Louisville WR DeVante Parker, White left no doubt he was the number one wide receiver in the draft.

White’s unofficial 40-yard dash time was 4.35 seconds (beating both Cooper and Parker) and he tied for third among wide receivers. He had a 36.5-inch vertical jump and finished with an impressive 118 inches in the broad jump. White is tied for first among wide outs with 23 reps on the bench press. When adding his game film, to his measurable, along with pure size, 6’3” and 215 pounds, White very well may have secured himself a top-5 selection.

If White ends up as the fourth overall pick, that would have him joining to the Oakland Raiders. White could provide a new weapon and a much-needed asset to the Raiders offense. Despite predictions, the WVU fan base has dreams of White joining former Mountaineers, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin, in St. Louis to play for the Rams.

Meantime, Mario Alford’s last season at WVU was also one to remember with 945 yards and 11 touchdowns. While Alford took a backseat to White, there’s no doubt Alford was getting seriously looked at by scouts. Alford had the 4th best time in the 3-cone drill at 6.64, a broad jump of 120 inches, and a 40 of 4.43 (just .01 under Amari Cooper). Even though Alford may not have secured a first round draft pick, he did leave the scouts with a very good impression.

Let’s not overlook offensive lineman Mark Glowinski. He had an impressive 31 reps on the bench press and 113 inches in the broad jump – tied for first in his position. In another area, Glowinski was a top performer in the 3-cone drill. When combing his physical traits, toughness, and intelligence – it’s very possible that Glowinski will hear his name called at some point during the draft.

For WVU Mountaineer fans, the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine did not disappoint. We had something to look forward to. We had something to be proud of. Come April, WVU fans will be watching closely to see what teams end up with the talents of White, Alford and Glowinski.

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