But with Smith tumbling out of Thursday's first round, the Mountaineers missed out on their first-ever draft with a pair of first-round selections.
Still, after Smith re-wrote the record books at WVU, he now holds the distinction of being the school's highest draft pick at quarterback. Smith went No. 39, besting the No. 44 overall selections of Pat White (2009) and Oliver Luck (1982).
Former WVU receiver Stedman Bailey followed Smith as a second-day pick: No. 92 overall to the Rams. It's the fifth time in school history - and first time since 2000 - the Mountaineers have had three picks in the first three rounds.
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AUSTIN MISSED Robert Griffin III by one Big 12 season, but they're linked through the NFL Draft.
Last March, the Redskins surrendered four draft picks to the Rams in order to jump four spots and select Griffin No. 2 overall.
The Rams' surplus of picks, which included the Redskins' first-round pick in this year's draft, helped them do what the Redskins did a year earlier: move up to snag their man.
The Rams gave up four picks to move up eight spots - from No. 16 - to get Austin.
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FORMER MARSHALL and South Charleston High School star Aaron Dobson became the ninth Thundering Herd football player to go in the top 60 picks.
The New England Patriots took him No. 59 overall in Friday's second round.
Dobson is the sixth Herd receiver to be drafted, joining Darius Watts (2004, No. 54), James Williams (2000, No. 175), Randy Moss (1998, No. 21), Troy Brown (1993, No. 198) and Mike Barber (1989, No. 112).
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DOBSON'S SELECTION ended a long drought here in the hills.
He is the first West Virginia prep player to be drafted into the NFL since Darrion Scott (Capital, No. 88 overall) and Quincy Wilson (Weir, No. 219) - both in 2004.
There were 2,129 players drafted in between Wilson and Dobson.
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