With the NFL Draft approaching on April 29-May 1, several West Virginia potential picks, plus an additional group with a good chance of landing free agent deals or spots in training camps, will be tracking the results and waiting by their phones for word that will determine their immediate futures.
We begin our looks at some of the Mountaineers who have hopes of a professional future with offensive lineman Chase Behrndt.
A fifth-year senior, Behrndt played in 33 games and started 22 as a Mountaineer. In his senior campaign, he was credited with 16 knockdown blocks from his center position, and did not allow a sack. He was named a fourth-team all-league selection by Phil Steele and an honorable mention pick by the Big 12 coaches.
Behrndt was also a member of the WVU football social action committee for change, which worked to improve equality and inclusion at the school.
Behrndt is an intelligent blocker who can adjust on the fly, and has added some 10 pounds to his frame since his final college game to help him stand up to power rushers and bring more strength to his game.
At his pro day, Behrndt measured in at 6 foot 3 2/5 and 324 pounds, with a hand measurement of 10 3/8” and a wingspan of 78 1/2”. He recorded 25 reps on the 225-pound bench press, had a vertical jump of 24 1/2” and a broad jump of 8’ 5.”In speed testing, he ran a 5.55 second 40-yard dash, and had 10-yard and 20-yard splits of 3.22 and 1.86, respectively. His 20-yard shuttle time was 4.93, and his 3-cone drill mark was 8.21.
Outlook: Behrndt will likely be a free-agent signee, but as a center with proven starting experience backed up by prior seasons at guard, he could slide into a late-round slot. Either way, it would be a surprise if he is not in an NFL camp this summer. He won’t have to learn the different techniques required at any of the three interior line positions, and his lateral movement and foot quickness should be sufficient to give him a shot at a roster spot in 2021.