The NFL Scouting Combine is this weekend in Indianapolis, and four West Virginia players will be there showing off what they've got.
- Geno Smith
- Tavon Austin
- Stedman Bailey
- Joe Madsen
Both Smith and Austin are ranked as top-5 prospects in their position by multiple analysts, including NFL Network's Mike Maycock who has Smith as his top ranked QB and Austin as his fourth ranked wide receiver.
CBS Sports ranks Smith as the No. 15 overall prospect, first among QBs, and ranks Austin the No. 39 overall prospect, and No. 4 among wide receivers.
Smith has confirmed he will throw and do a full workout at the combine, which should be interesting.
Combine workout schedule:
Saturday, Feb. 23: Tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams
Sunday, Feb. 24: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers
Monday, Feb. 25: Defensive linemen, linebackers
Tuesday, Feb. 26: Defensive backs
Excerpt from today’s story in the PG on local players going to the combine:
Four West Virginia players have been invited, including quarterback Geno Smith and receiver Tavon Austin. Many draft analysts predict both could be first-round selections.
Receiver Stedman Bailey, who announced in December he will forgo his senior year, and center Joe Madsen also were invited.
Smith will do a full workout for scouts, despite the recent trend of top quarterbacks choosing not to do so.
"Honestly, it's just a matter of me getting out and competing and show some coaches what I can do," Smith said last week on a radio interview with 610Sports in Kansas City. "It's only a little bit of who I am as a player but it's still good to let them see me throw live-action ... it's good to be out there and compete and also showcase my talents."
Smith, who is 6 feet 3 and weighed as much as 225 pounds to start the season but now is listed at 214, threw for 4,205 yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season.
Austin, at 5-9, 174 pounds, was primarily a slot receiver in his career at West Virginia. He had 114 receptions and 1,289 receiving yards as a senior, but broke out for 673 rushing yards on 72 attempts, mostly in the second half of the season.
Bailey posted 1,622 receiving yards with 114 receptions and a team-leading 25 touchdowns.
Madsen, 6-4, 310 pounds, was a four-year starter at center.