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Three Mountaineers Sign as Undrafted Free Agents

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MORGANTOWN - The third round was the charm for West Virginia university players in the NFL Draft, but only two Mountaineers saw their names flash across the screen during the selection process.

Running back Charles Sims went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the No. 69 overall selection and shortly after, defensive end Will Clarke got the call from the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 88.

Saturday’s seventh round came and went without any other WVU players being drafted, continuing a trend across the Big 12 of very few conference athletes going in the NFL Draft.

Only 17 Big 12 players were drafted, good for the fifth-best showing behind the SEC (49), ACC (42), Pac-12 (34) and Big Ten (30).

Among those left out for WVU were Shaq Rowell, Curtis Feigt, Doug Rigg, Darwin Cook, Ivan McCartney and Pat Eger.

As is the case every year, the Draft was quickly followed by a feeding frenzy on undrafted free agents. Rowell, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive lineman, did not wait long, signing with the Carolina Panthers.

Feigt, a converted defensive lineman who ended his career on the offensive side of the ball, found his home alongside Clarke with the Bengals.

Rigg tweeted on Sunday that he had signed with the Chicago Bears and would report to rookie camp next weekend.

Cook, when reached by phone Saturday evening, said he would be entering Tuesday’s CFL Draft rather than signing with an NFL team.

There is no indication that either McCartney or Eger has signed with an NFL squad through free agency at this time. 

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