West Virginia University Football's NFL Draft Legacy: Celebrating the Top 5 NFL Careers of Mountaineer Draft Picks

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4. Darryl Talley (1983 NFL Draft, Round 2, Pick 11)

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Darryl Talley makes a tackle for the Buffalo Bills. / Focus On Sport/GettyImages

Cleveland-born Darryl Talley lacks the professional football championships the three men above him on this list have, but he certainly knew how to compete for one -- by the end of his professional career, he had played in four consecutive Super Bowls.

As a standout linebacker for the Mountaineers, Talley showcased his skills and defensive prowess, setting a then-program record for tackles and earning recognition as an All-American in 1982. He has since been named a College Football Hall of Fame Inductee.

 Following his collegiate success, Talley was drafted by Buffalo in 1983 and became a linchpin of the Buffalo Bills' defense for over a decade, including during their string of AFC Championships during the 1990s. He earned two first-team All-Pro selections and two Pro Bowl selections over his career.