Football predictions nfl 2020

2020 NFL Draft grades for WVU football picks

The 2020 NFL Draft has come to a close. Even knowing that the true results of the draft won’t be known for years, fans are still wondering about the now. Who won the draft before we even see the players hit the field. It’s no different for college fans, either. They want to know what the experts think about the picks that involved their players. Here’s a rundown from around the industry on the West Virginia players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.


Kenny Robinson: B+. Flashed deep middle range at WVU before leaving the school. Love the length and athletic gifts. Panthers going with a full defensive draft?

Colton McKivitz: C-. San Francisco thinking long-term on OL. McKivitz is experienced with good size, yet is low-level athletically and not a true people-mover in the run game.

ESPN Team Reporters

Kenny Robinson: Carolina went with its fifth straight defensive player in this draft, but this one has a twist. Robinson also played in the XFL, making him the first XFL player drafted with college eligibility remaining. He’ll be the second XFL player to join the Panthers, who signed quarterback PJ Wlker of the Houston Roughnecks. While Robinson is listed as a safety, he is what Carolina coach Matt Rhule calls the position-less player because he can play other spots. Robinson was was a top safety in college in 2017 and 2018, allowing less than 45% of the passes into his coverage to be completed. In the XFL, for the St. Louis BattleHawks, he had two interceptions on eight pass attempts into his coverage area. For a team looking to add depth and potential starting ability at safety, a solid pick. – David Newton

Colton McKivitz: After trading for left tackle Trent Williams earlier Saturday, the Niners dealt running back Matt Breida to Miami for this pick and used it to add more depth on the offensive line in McKivitz. A 6-foot-6, 306-pound tackle, McKivitz was a four-year starter for the Mountaineers, spending three years on the right side and one on the left. Much like Justin Skule, a sixth-round pick by the Niners last year, McKivitz fits the bill as an experienced backup who should be able to transition well to the league and compete for a roster spot as depth behind Williams and right tackle Mike McGlinchey. McKivitz has said some teams have talked to him about playing guard as well. If he can offer that versatility to play inside, he would significantly bolster his chances of sticking with the 49ers. – Nick Wagoner

Kenny Robinson: XFL and West Virginia fans are familiar with Robinson’s playmaking skills from his safety position. After recording seven interceptions in two seasons at WVU, he showed the same ball-hawking skills when he leveled up into the XFL. He could turn his physicality up a notch, but his range and ball GPS should make him a favorite in the DB room.

Colton McKivitz: The 49ers shuffled their offensive line around a bit last season, and they managed to survive. But competition breeds excellence and McKivitz’s mobility fits what they like to do. He is a solid depth addition who could even play guard if need be.


Kenny Robinson: A+. This may not mean much, but Kenny Robinson shut down the best receiver in the XFL when that league was happening. Robinson was once considered a first-round prospect, but decided to play in the XFL. The Panthers are potentially getting a great steal.

Colton McKivitz: B-. Here’s more tackle help in the wake of Joe Staley’s retirement. Colton McKivitz, however, is a right tackle only. He’s pretty stiff and seems like he doesn’t have much upside, but he could end up being a solid backup.

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