INDIANAPOLIS — Like many recent college graduates, Colton McKivitz is embarking on a job interview tonight for a lucrative position.
However, the former Union Local and West Virginia standout’s interview will be in front of 32 companies, if you will.
McKivitz will put the finishing touches on his week in Indianapolis tonight when he takes part in the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“Of course there are nerves, but it’s my turn to show what I can do,” McKivitz said.
McKivitz, who arrived in Indianapolis on Monday, has gone through a series of interviews, medicals and media requirements to set the stage for tonight where he said he plans to go through all of the drills.
“For (linemen), it’s more about what we’ve put on film that’s going to get us drafted or not,” McKivitz said. “Obviously, it would be nice to run a great 40 time or bench press 30 times or whatever, but what separates linemen is what’s on the film.”
McKivitz, who said his body is “feeling great,” had measurables of 6-foot-6, 306 pounds. His hands measured 10 inches, his arms were 33 6/8 inches and his wingspan was 81 5/8 inches.
The All-American offensive lineman is the lone Mountaineer player to draw an invite to this year’s combine. The other draft eligible WVU players will have their chance to showcase their abilities in front of NFL scouts at the school’s pro day on March 25.
McKivitz will be on hand for that, too. However, he’s yet to determine if he will go through the workouts and drills. Much of that decision will be made based on tonight’s exploits.
“It’ll be nice to get back to Morgantown and the plan is to just do some drills, but we’ll see,” McKivitz said.
McKivitz, who has been in Arizona training basically since the Mountaineers season ended in November, got a taste of the NFL world during Senior Bowl week last month in Alabama.
“It was definitely real,” McKivitz said of his week where he worked out, went through drills and evaluations as well as received coaching from the Detroit Lions staff leading up to the game. “Since my last game at WVU, it’s been nonstop. Just working hard and grinding.”
During the Senior Bowl, McKivitz met with several NFL clubs, received positive feedback and then followed that up with a solid performance in the game, which his team prevailed in.
“I probably did better than what I graded myself,” McKivitz said. “After having not played a game since basically Thanksgiving made it tough to get back into it, but I got much better as the week went along.”
During the course of the week, McKivitz demonstrated his versatility, which is something that NFL teams have spoken to him about. As a Mountaineer, he played tackle primarily, but did see a few snaps at the guard spot.
“I played both guard and tackle in the Senior Bowl,” McKivitz said. “Being able to show that versatility is a good thing.”
Playing for the Lions’ coaching staff, McKivitz said the coaches mentioned seeing him at both spots at the professional level.
On top of his versatility, McKivitz was also praised for his demeanor, work ethic and simply how he carries himself off the field.
“I got good, positive feedback all the way around,” McKivitz said. “I was able to play physical and be consistent, which is something they’re looking for.”
Everything about the Senior Bowl helped prepare McKivitz, and all of the players, for what to expect this week at the combine as well in their respective pro days.
“All of it is an opportunity to put your name out there, get in front of these (NFL) teams and give them a reason to draft you,” McKivitz said.
After the combine, McKivitz will return to Arizona to resume his training, but things will shift to more football skills work and the like to help prepare him for individual workouts with teams which will come in late March and early April leading up to the draft.
“Things are going to get even busier,” McKivitz said. “After (the combine), it’s back to playing football. From skill acquisition to film study and everything that goes into that part of the training. It just switches gears.”
McKivitz isn’t speculating on a possible destination. A few projections have shown to be going in the fourth round or later. Those are almost certain to change several times over again before the draft opens in Las Vegas on April 23.
“It’s a toss up because you never know with the whole process,” McKivitz said. “I’ve talked with some of the guys who’ve been through the draft process before that work out at the same place I am and they’ve all said sometimes the teams that talk to you the least are the ones that are the most interested, so you really don’t know.”