MORGANTOWN — On the off chance anyone forgot how much talent West Virginia will have to replace next season, the NFL provided a solid reminder the day after national signing day.
Six Mountaineers were invited to the NFL scouting combine Thursday, tying an all-time program high. West Virginia also had six players invited to the combine in 2016, 2011 and 2005.
Quarterback Will Grier, wide receivers Gary Jennings Jr. and David Sills V, linebacker David Long Jr., offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste and tight end/fullback Trevon Wesco will all be in attendance at the combine, which will be held in Indianapolis from Feb. 28-March 4. All six players also participated in the Senior Bowl.
As a quarterback who finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy race, Grier figures to be among the most scrutinized players at the event, but he won’t be the only Mountaineer with something to prove.
Cajuste, who has been discussed as a potential first-round pick, will have an opportunity to solidify his draft position. For Long, the combine will be an opportunity to show off the speed to make up for his relative lack of size compared to traditional NFL linebackers. For Sills, it’s a chance to show his skills after only two seasons of completely focusing on being a receiver. Jennings will try to continue his ascension up the draft boards after his late addition to the Senior Bowl roster. In Wesco’s case, it’s a chance to show his versatility at two positions as well as demonstrate that his breakthrough 2018 season was not a fluke.
Two Marshall players were also invited to the combine — wide receiver Tyre Brady and safety Malik Gant.