Heading into their senior seasons, West Virginia stars Will Grier and David Sills V are considered top 2019 NFL Draft prospects. And on Monday, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. reinforced that notion, putting Grier and Sills on his list of the top-5 seniors in their draft class.
Kiper slotted Grier as his No. 2 senior quarterback, behind only Missouri’s Drew Lock. Kiper said that Lock and Oregon’s Justin Herbert, his top underclassman quarterback, are the only two quarterbacks he has tabbed with a first-round grade, although Grier has first-round upside.
Kiper also lists Sills, who had a breakout season in 2017, as his No. 5 senior wide receiver. He falls behind several returning stars: South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel, Ohio State’s Parris Campbell, Buffalo’s Anthony Johnson and Nebraska’s Stanley Morgan Jr. Big 12 receivers Marquise Brown of Oklahoma and Collin Johnson of Texas are in Kiper’s top 5 underclassman receivers.
The combination of Grier and Sills is expected to drive West Virginia’s offense this season. Grier lit up the Big 12 for nearly 3,500 yards and 34 touchdowns before sustaining a season-ending injury — a broken finger on his throwing hand — against Texas. Sills accounted for 18 of those scores, adding 980 receiving yards in his first full season as a wide receiver.
Those performances have resulted in the pair getting a large amount of NFL hype ahead of their senior seasons. CBS Sports projected Grier as the No. 2 overall pick in its early 2019 mock draft, while Pro Football Focus graded him as its top 2019 quarterback.
Sills also has been rated by publications as the Big 12’s top returning wide receiver. It’s this combination that has the Mountaineers rated as a major Big 12 contender. If Grier and Sills live up to the hype, they could hear their names called early in the draft next spring.