The West Virginia Mountaineers, featured in tonight's Champs Sports Bowl, have on their roster four players with legitimate shots at getting their names called in the 2011 NFl draft. Performing in various capacities against NC State will be:
Noel Devine, RB. The wee speedback didn't have a stellar senior season, but that could be said for anyone playing in West Virginia's laughably-schemed offense. Coaching problems aside, Devine is a serious threat in space and sits well within the top ten of this year's class of backs. Look for his name to be called before the third round is up.
Brandon Hogan, CB. Nursing a torn left ACL, Hogan will cheer his team from the sidelines, and will perhaps have to undergo surgery that will remove him from contention at the combine. Still a sensible mid-round pick if he rehabs up enough.
Jock Sanders, WR. Another diminutive prospect, the improbably-named wideout needs 18 yards to surpass last year's total of 688 receiving yards, and is just 78 yards shy of a 2,000-yard career. He chose an ignominious year to return for his senior season, but could still blossom as a late-round selection.
Chris Neild, DT. The 'Eers' imposing nose tackle was honored earlier this month with a first-team selection to the Big East's all-conference squad. Ranked in the top 20 at his position, he may fall to free agency but will likelier be selected around the seventh round.
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