The NFL draft kicked off Thursday night, and for the first time ever, four West Virginia University players have the chance to play professional football. Mountaineer Nation came out to Schmitt's Saloon in Morgantown to watch, and it had some opinions and hopes for the upcoming season.
"Well, honestly, I'm a Chiefs fan, and they're getting the number one pick so I'd love to see them get...we're pretty good for quarterback, but I think Tavon Austin would be a great slot receiver opposite Dwayne Bowe for the Chiefs." said Joe Burner, a Bridgeport resident who drove up to Morgantown to watch the draft.
"I'm not really partial for what team they go to, they're not gonna go to my team," said alumnus Joe Reidy. "But I just want to see them do well. As far as that goes, just see them go to a team that will fit them well. You hate to see players fizzle out before their time."
Even though some people may not have seen their predictions become reality, they had a great venue to watch the excitement. As a WVU Alumni and former NFL draft pick, Owen Schmitt decided to host the party at his restaurant.
"I just thought it would be cool for people to come out and chill," said Schmitt. "This is a big thing for the university...great recruiting tool as well...show people that good players come out of here and all. And just a fun overall event."
The family atmosphere at the saloon was a little bit different than most nights, but the fans came out to see their Mountaineers and have a good time.
"Oh yeah, I mean the crowd here is great, everyone is so pumped to see this," said Reidy. "We didn't end the season how we wanted to and we have a lot to prove going into the new conference and this is where we're going to prove it."
"We thought this was a great place to come, since Owen's made it so far in his NFL career," said Burner. "We thought this would be a good place to come."
The crowd got to watch as Tavon Austin was selected in the first round by the St. Louis Rams.