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WVU And The 2012 NFL Draft

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NFL football fans everywhere are preparing for the first of three big days regarding their respective teams. College football fans are also interested in seeing where their favorite players land at the next level.

The NFL draft begins tonight. It will kick off with a West Virginia University connection. WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck is in New York City, not serving as WVU AD, but as his other job known as Dad.

You will see Luck front and center as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the following line, "With the first pick in the NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Andrew Luck, Quarterback from Stanford."

The camera will show Andrew hugging his family. It is a huge moment for the Luck family and a proud moment for WVU.

I joked with Oliver Luck last week that he should look into getting the Steelers to move their home preseason game with the Colts to Mountaineer Field so Andrew could play a game in Morgantown. Luck laughed pretty hard at that and then it appeared the wheels started turning in his head to see if that would even be possible.

Luck chuckled, "I will have to get on the phone with Art Rooney and see what it would take."

The Steelers played the Atlanta Falcons in a preseason game at Mountaineer Field in 1998. The precedent has been set, just sayin'.

Get to know Andrew Luck a little better by watching The Late Show With David Letterman tonight. He is scheduled to appear as a guest on the program Thursday night.

The first WVU player to go in the draft should be Defensive End Bruce Irvin. He is expected to fit in the NFL as an Outside Linebacker. Irvin believes there are not 32 players better than him, which would put him in the first round. However, there is a wide belief by the so-called experts that Irvin will not hear his name called until the second round begins on Friday.

Irvin put up phenomenal numbers at the NFL Combine. He followed that up with impressive workouts at WVU Pro Day. Irvin visited roughly 12 NFL teams, so there is plenty of interest in his talent. Some teams questioned his background, which included some shady experiences. He appeared to get his life turned around and stayed out of trouble in his entire two years at WVU until he was arrested for destruction of property in March. It was a relatively minor incident, but did cause Irvin to send letters to NFL teams explaining his actions.

Sending those letters showed the initiative to be upfront and honest with those teams. Bottom line, there is an outside chance Irvin hears his name called tonight in the first round. However, it is more likely he goes in the second round. 

Two other former Mountaineers are expected to go in the NFL draft. Cornerback Keith Tandy and Middle Linebacker Najee Goode should hear their names called at some point in the draft. They likely will not go in the draft until Saturday when the fourth through seventh rounds will be held.

Tandy received a lot of interest from the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals. He visited with all of those teams following a very solid showing at WVU Pro Day.

Goode is a little undersized for his position in the NFL; however, he knows all three linebacker spots and has experience playing those positions in college. He has a nose for the ball racking up 157 tackles in his college career. That included 87 tackles last season.

Goode showed well at WVU Pro Day, which had two NFL head coaches in attendance. Both Chicago's Lovie Smith and Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin were present for a firsthand look at the Mountaineers. Goode met with the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars.

One other former Mountaineer is a bit of a dark horse. Defensive End Julian Miller has a chance to be drafted. If not, he should get a call shortly after the draft by teams looking to sign him as a free agent. NFL scouts worked Miller pretty hard at WVU Pro Day.

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