With the 2015 NFL Draft upon us, writers from WVUPros and BlueGoldSports.com will team up and give you our predictions on where some of your favorite Mountaineers might land. Today, we look at offensive lineman Quinton Spain and where he might land in the draft.
Spain earned several honors during his time at West Virginia and recognition for being named to the Lombardi and Outland Trophy watch lists. He has the ideal size NFL offensive coordinators look for in an interior offensive lineman. He possesses good footwork and good agility, but has some areas to work on. After leaving Morgantown, he worked out at Tom Shaw Training at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando for his pre-draft preparations.
So where could he be playing next season? Here is how we see it.
Caleb Wygal, WVUPros
6th Round, Pick 212 – Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers love two things: tough players and West Virginia Mountaineers. Many players who used to wear Gold n’ Blue go on to wear Black n’ Gold in the NFL, including current players Will Johnson and Terence Garvin. Spain’s ruggedness and lunch pail-mentality help him fit both categories. Pittsburgh's need for an interior lineman puts Spain in a Steelers uniform here.
Jeremy Simon, BlueGoldSports.com
6th Round, Pick 200 – Detriot Lions
The Lions will be targeting both offensive and defensive line prospects. Spain needs some work with his hands and footwork but that can be taught. However, his size and ability to get that initial push off the line makes him a potential steal in the late rounds
Adam DelGuercio, WVUPros
6th Round, Pick 206 - Green Bay Packers
Spain is a bit of a project, but the physical attributes are there. I think he’ll go to a team that likes to grab linemen in the late rounds and develop talent. I think the Packers like what they got in Don Barclay a few years ago from West Virginia and will return to the well here.
Jerry McGhee, BlueGoldSports.com
6th Round, Pick 214 – Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks are looking for offensive linemen to bolster the run game for Marshawn Lynch, so why not take a chance on Spain? With former Mountaineer Bruce Irvin already on the team, this could be a landing spot for the big man from Petersburg, Va.
— Jeremy Simon is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and editor-in-chief of BlueGoldSports.com, a must visit for any and all West Virginia Mountaineer fans. Follow BlueGoldSports.com on Twitter @Blue_GoldSports.