Virginia Tech — a school that has made four BCS bowl game appearances since 2007, including the 2012 Sugar Bowl — continues to develop a good amount of pro-caliber players. A total of 27 teams were represented at Virginia Tech’s pro day on March 15. While no NFL head coaches were present, a number of position coaches — particularly those of running backs and defensive backs — were on hand. The event was run indoors on Astroturf, which was very fast and resulted in some quick times.
Despite not producing a first-round selection since 2008 (offensive tackle Duane Brown), the Hokies have had eight players picked in the past two drafts.
The most promising prospect from Virginia Tech in this year’s draft appears to be running back David Wilson. While some see Wilson as a potential first-round selection, I think he’s going to get picked somewhere in the middle to late second round.
Wilson (5-foot-9 7/8 and 206 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash just once (4.40 seconds) and did not participate in the jumps or shuttles, standing by his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Wilson had a very good position workout, showing quickness and explosion, but questions about his ability to catch the ball probably hurt his draft status.
Here are the other notable performers from Virginia Tech’s pro day:
Jarrett Boykin, WR (6-2, 212) — Boykin ran 4.57 and 4.58 in the 40 (keep in mind the fast track), had a 34-inch vertical jump and 11-foot broad jump, a 4.31 short shuttle and a 6.63 three-cone, which was very good. Boykin did a good job in his position workout.
Danny Coale, WR (5-11 7/8, 200) — Coale ran a 4.37 and 4.39 in the 40, posted a 37-inch vertical and 10-3 broad jump, and had times of 4.09 seconds in the short shuttle and 6.63 in the three-cone drill. Coale had a good position workout. With so many wide receivers in the draft, Coale projects as a likely selection in the sixth or seventh round.
Jayron Hosley, CB (5-11, 182) — Despite the fast running surface, Hosley kept his times from the combine. Hosley did post a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 10-1 broad jump. Hosley did the position drills, displaying good ball skills, quickness and recognition in the passing game. Size is a concern given all of the tall pass catchers that populate NFL receiving corps. However, Hosley’s quickness makes up for that lack of height, and that helps him project to being selected somewhere in the middle of the second round.