MORGANTOWN — Three West Virginia University players signed contracts as free agents Monday after being snubbed in the National Football League draft.

Dan Mozes, consensus All-America great and the Remington Award winner as the nation’s No. 1 center, agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings.

Jeremy Sheffey, who made the 2006 All-Big East first team as an offensive lineman, went with the San Diego Chargers.

Linebacker Kevin “Boo” McLee worked out a deal with the St. Louis Rams.

None of the NFL’s 32 teams saw fit to select any of the three in the seven rounds of the 2007 draft over the weekend.

This is the third time in the last seven years that WVU has been shut out in the draft. It also had no players chosen in 2001 and 2002.

Just one player was selected in 2004 (tailback Quincy Wilson) and last year (defensive back Dee McCann).

The failure of Mozes to be taken this year was a major shocker. The 6-foot-2, 293-pound Washington, Pa., native expected to go in one of the late rounds.

But professional scouts have been saying that his physical size was a drawback. Yet no fewer than seven centers were selected, two by the Miami Dolphins.

Mozes also was extended a free-agent over by the Denver Broncos. But he decided his best opportunity would be with the Vikings, despite the fact they have two centers on their active roster — five-time Pro Bowler and nine-year veteran Matt Birk and Ryan Cook, a second-round draftee in 2006.

Cook also has played guard and tackle.

While Mozes wasn’t available for comment, his mother, Joann, said: “Of course, we’re disappointed that he wasn’t drafted. But he’s getting the chance to prove himself, and that’s what he wanted.”

Mozes recalled recently that he also was considered too small to play in high school and that some recruiters thought he too small for college.

Sheffey, a 6-3, 295-pound prospect from Catlettsburg, Ky., was a three-year starter at right guard for the Mountaineers.

“I knew that if I got drafted, it would be late in the last couple of rounds maybe,” he’s quoted by the Blue and Gold News. “And if it was late, I wanted it to be the last pick (‘Mr. Irrelevant’) or free agent.

“Pre-draft I had been talking to the Colts, the Jets and Houston. San Diego kind of came out of nowhere.”

In weighing his post-draft options, Sheffey thought San Diego provided him the best opportunity to play in the NFL.

McLee, a 6-2, 255-pound outside linebacker, was a three-year starter at WVU. He had 79 tackles last season and 74 in 2005.

Besides St. Louis, the Uniontown, Pa., native considered offers from the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Atlanta Falcons.

“I’m going in there with a chip on my shoulder,” he told the Uiontown Herald-Standard. “I want to prove that I’m definitely a good enough linebacker to make it in the NFL.”

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