From committing at age 13 to USC as a quarterback, to a wide receiver at West Virginia, transferring to El Camino College as a QB and back to West Virginia as a receiver for his final two seasons, the journey to the NFL has been anything but ordinary for David Sills.
“The goal was to play on Sundays and figuring what’s going to be the best way and to have longest career. Obviously, quarterback is what I wanted to do, that was my dream,” Sills said at the 2019 NFL Combine.
“I went to junior college and played quarterback, it didn’t work out, but that’s football. I’ve always said football teaches you a lot of life lessons.”
Facing adversity was one of those lessons learned for Sills. He said his unique past taught him how to play with a chip on his shoulder.
“Being so inexperienced at the position, it gives me a drive to get up everyday and play catch-up almost,” Sills said.
He didn’t just “catch up” to other receivers, he surpassed.
The two-time All-American finished his career with 132 catches for 2,097 and 35 trips to the end zone. His career touchdowns rank No. 2 in program history, and 33 of them came over the last two years. He’s the only player in WVU history to string together back-to-back seasons with 15 or more touchdown receptions.
“I had a great two years at West Virginia,” Sills said. “My receivers coach, Coach Carrier, did a great job at teaching me the technique. I’ve just tried to be a sponge and soak up all the information he has taught me. I’d say it’s paid off so far.”
Sills was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award in 2017 and a semifinalist in 2018. Along with the 2019 NFL Combine, Sills has also participated in the Reese’s Senior Bowl and WVU Pro Day in the offseason.
The former Mountaineer will learn where his next chapter begins this week at the 2019 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday in Nashville.