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WVU running back Rushel Shell celebrates the first touchdown of the 2016 Mountaineer football season. (PHOTO: Emily Coyle) WVU running back Rushel Shell celebrates the first touchdown of the 2016 Mountaineer football season. (PHOTO: Emily Coyle)

Two Mountaineers came off the board in the 2017 NFL Draft and a handful of others inked free agent deals.

The Eagles drafted cornerback Rasul Douglas in third round and wide receiver Shelton Gibson in the fifth round. Center Tyler Orlosky was also added to the Philadelphia pipeline..

In his final season with the Mountaineers, Orlosky was named a Second Team AP All-American and also a First Team All-Big 12 selection.

Along with recent draft selections Douglas and Gibson, the Rimington Trophy Finalist joins former Mountaineers Wendell Smallwood and Najee Goode in Philadelphia.

After going undrafted, quarterback Skyler Howard signed with the Seattle Seahawks. The Fort Worth, Texas, native threw for 3,328 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2016. He also picked up 463 yards and 10 touchdowns with his legs, becoming the fourth QB in school history to finish with double-figure rushing touchdowns. He threw for 300 or more yards in four games.

Running back Rushel Shell and defensive lineman Christian Brown will remain teammates at the next level as they both are headed to Pittsburgh as free agents. Shell, a Pennsylvania native, had 450 carries for 2010 yards and 26 touchdowns in his three seasons with the Mountaineers. A native of Fort Myers, Florida, Brown played in 53 games for the Mountaineers. He tallied 86 career tackles (65 solo) and 11 tackles for loss.

A pair of Mountaineers were also picked up by Buffalo. Safety Jeremy Tyler and wide receiver Daikiel Shorts signed free agent deals with the Bills. In his senior season at West Virginia, Shorts had 63 receptions for 894 yards and five touchdowns. Tyler had 56 tackles and two interceptions last season.
 

Other Mountaineers that inked free agent deals:

Defensive lineman Noble Nwachukwu - San Francisco
Offensive lineman Adam Pankey – Green Bay
Cornerback Maurice Fleming - Tampa Bay
Defensive lineman Darrien Howard - Arizona
 

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