NFL Prospect Matchups: West Virginia vs. Texas

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

This week’s matchup features an important contest in the Big 12, as West Virginia travels to the Lone Star State to take on the Texas Longhorns. This game could ultimately decide the top spot in the conference and offers several solid mid-round selections.

Longhorn senior defensive end Charles Omenihu has crept up draft boards the past two months and improved his stock almost two full rounds from the late sixth-round grade he received entering the season. He has great length at 6-foot-5 with good athleticism and growth potential. To date, Omenihu has totaled four sacks, seven tackles for loss and an additional four hurries.

Omenihu will face a pair of talented WVU offensive tackles.

Colton McKivitz, a Week 9 riser, is terrific combination of athleticism, blocking fundamentals and strength. He shows outstanding skill in pass protection and flashes power as a run blocker. 

Scouts stamped Yodny Cajuste, the other Mountaineers tackle, as a potential third-round selection, but I disagree. Cajuste is built more like a guard, and while he shows solid strength at the point, he's more of a small-area blocker and isn't the athlete McKivitz is. 

The other big matchup features Texas cornerback Kris Boyd trying to contain Mountaineers receiver David Sills.

Sills has been on fire this season and gets early grades from many outside of the scouting community, and there’s no denying his football intellect, reliable hands and ability to come through in the clutch. But Sills comes with poor size and speed and has short arms and hands, which reportedly are under 9-inches. This amounts to a late-round selection.

Boyd is a feisty corner with solid ball skills facing the action. He has smooth hips and decent feet but gets a little twisted when his back is to the ball.

Sills has the wherewithal to exploit Boyd, who has a significant athletic edge over the receiver.

NFL Prospect: West Virginia - Texas

Grade

Rnd

Full Name

School

Pos

Yr

3.78

2-3

Colton McKivitz

West Virginia

T

4Jr

3.67

3rd

Matt Jones

West Virginia

C

4Jr

3.58

3-4

Kris Boyd

Texas

CB

4Sr

3.55

4th

Will Grier

West Virginia

QB

5Sr

3.46

5th

Charles Omenihu

Texas

DE

4Sr

3.45

5th

Yodny Cajuste

West Virginia

T

5Sr

3.39

5-6

Patrick Vahe

Texas

G

4Sr

3.38

6th

David Sills V

West Virginia

WR

4Sr

3.37

6th

Brandon Jones

Texas

S

3Jr

3.28

7th

Gary Jennings

West Virginia

WR

4Sr

3.28

7th

Dravon Askew-Henry

West Virginia

S

5Sr

3.26

7-FA

Zach Shackelford

Texas

C

3Jr

3.24

FA

P.J. Locke III

Texas

S

4Sr

3.21

FA

Anthony Wheeler

Texas

ILB

4Sr

3.20

FA

Breckyn Hager

Texas

DE

4Sr

3.14

FA

Tre Watson

Texas

RB

5Sr

3.13

FA

Malcolm Roach

Texas

OLB

3Jr

3.12

FA

Davante Davis

Texas

CB

4Sr

3.06

FA

Chris Nelson

Texas

DT

5Sr

3.05

FA

Gary Johnson

Texas

ILB

4Sr

3.01

FA

Trevon Wesco

West Virginia

TE

5Sr

3.00

FA

Andrew Beck

Texas

TE

5Sr

3.00

FA

Collin Johnson

Texas

WR

3Jr

3.00

FA

Toyous Avery

West Virginia

S

5Sr

Note: During our weekly podcast Chris Tripodi and myself looked at Greedy Williams against the potent Alabama air attack.  You can listen to the Draft Analyst podcast here.  Meanwhile I spoke about the challenge LSU will face against the Crimson Tide defensive line with Fran Duffy during the Journey to the Draft podcast.