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Falcons signed Virginia QB Kurt Benkert.

Benkert (6’3/218) lost his starting job following a knee injury at East Carolina and spent his final two seasons at UVA, completing just 57.5% of his passes with a 46:20 TD-to-INT ratio on a measly 6.3 yards per attempt. Benkert went an abysmal 8-15 across 23 college starts. Although Benkert’s college production is an obvious red flag, he drew the interest of scouts for his plus size, arm strength, and functional athleticism. On tools alone, Benkert is worth a developmental look.
May 3 - 10:42 AM

Bengals selected Virginia DT Andrew Brown with the No. 158 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Brown (6’3/296) was a two-year starter and three-year contributor on the Cavs’ defensive line, logging 26.5 career tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. Just a 26th-percentile athlete, Brown exhibited an average skill set without standout traits on tape. Brown’s strengths are his non-stop motor, plus strength, and length (34 ½-inch arms), but his game lacks an explosive, up-field element. A defensive end at Virginia, Brown will have to learn to win more from the interior in the pros.
Apr 28 - 2:54 PM

Rams selected Virginia ILB Micah Kiser with the No. 147 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Kiser (6’0/238) was a three-year starter for the Cavs, graduating fifth in school history in tackles (411) and tallying 32.5 tackles for loss with 19 sacks and eight forced fumbles. PFF College noted Kiser was an especially efficient pass-rushing inside linebacker with 78 career QB pressures. Kiser earned first-team All-ACC three times and tested as a well-above-par 68th-percentile athlete in Indy, running 4.66. Kiser struggled in pass coverage and got overpowered at times on tape, but he will help on special teams at worst and can’t be counted out as a potential low-end starter down the line.
Apr 28 - 2:31 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Virginia DE Andrew Brown is essentially a "five-star recruit who never lived up to the billing."

The scout said Brown (6'3/292) has "strong hands versus tight ends but struggles against bigger bodies." Another scout said "He’s quick and he’s strong and he picks his spots. Looks good. Seldom finishes." He suggested the Brown should "transition inside" and "When he did that at the Senior Bowl he looked pretty damn good." Brown's outstanding Senior Bowl will likely help him be drafted in Rounds 6-7.
Apr 27 - 1:33 PM

A scout told Bob McGinn Football that Virginia QB Kurt Benkert is "sporadic" with his accuracy.

"He’s so sporadic," said the scout. "You never know where the ball’s going." That could be a problem. Benkert (6'3/212) has been one of the more divisive prospects in this class, with some analysts calling him a player that shouldn't be drafted, and some believing he could develop into a starting quarterback because of his arm strength. Expect to see Benkert go near the end of Day 3, but he'll have to improve his accuracy (57.5 percent completion percentage in 2017) to stick on an NFL roster.
Apr 23 - 8:06 PM

Virginia received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 ATH Antonio Clary.

Clary (6'3/208) had offers on the table from Washington State, Georgia Tech, Duke and USF, among others. He opted to throw his lot in with the Cavaliers following a weekend visit to Charlottesville. While he's viewed as a pure "athlete" in terms of position, the expectation is that Clary will play safety at UVA. His versatility could allow him to see time at nickle and corner depending on what's needed, though. Virginia is now up to four pledges for the 2019 cycle.
Source: 247Sports
Apr 9 - 6:07 PM

Virginia assistant Ricky Brumfield will serve as special teams coordinator.

Virginia hired Brumfield over the winter to fill the NCAA's newly allotted slot for a 10th on-field coach. He spent the previous two seasons working at UTSA as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. His only other FBS coaching stop came with Western Kentucky (2013-15),
Apr 6 - 2:37 PM

The Chargers put Virginia WR Andre Levrone through a private workout.

We wonder if Kurt Benkert was involved. Levrone is receiving a bit of interest, and at 6-foot-2 and nearly 220 pounds, he certainly offers uncommon size at the position. Levrone's best highlights showcased his ability to create a sliver of separation and win contested situations, specifically bucket catches.
Mar 27 - 10:32 AM

Virginia HC Bronco Mendenhall installed redshirt junior QB Bryce Perkins as the starter to begin spring practice.

That doesn't mean that Perkins will be the Cavs' starter -- only that he'll begin spring sessions with the 1s. "You have to start somewhere on Day 1. But I would stay tuned," Mendenhall said. Brennan Armstrong and Lindell Stone are Perkins' competitors. An Arizona State grad transfer, Perkins is compared by Mendenhall to the coach's former BYU QB Taysom Hill "in terms of athleticism and style of play. ... Not identical. That's the closest comparison."
Mar 25 - 3:24 PM

Virginia WR Andre Levrone will complete a private workout for the Bengals on Monday.

Levrone produced a career final season at Virginia, posting 34 catches for 689 yards and seven touchdowns. He was not invited to the NFL Combine, and Levrone is likely a long shot to be drafted. Some teams use these private workouts or visits as pitches to get in early on undrafted free agents. Aaron Wilson reports Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt are conducting the workout.
Mar 12 - 11:21 AM

An AFC team regional scout said that Virginia DE Andrew Brown's athletic deficiencies will be a hurdle to a Day 2 selection.

"[Brown] will give you everything he's got and he's got good size so he has a chance," the evaluator said. "But if you can't rush at all and you aren't a very good athlete, then you go way down the pecking order on our draft board." The 6-foot-4, 296-pounder's lack of pure athleticism showed out during his combine work, with Three Sigma Athlete working out a composite testing score in just the 26th percentile of NFL athletes. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein stamps Brown with a grade for Rounds 6-7 for the spring draft.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 8 - 5:33 PM

An NFC team personnel director said that Virginia S Quin Blanding is "not a game-changer type in the box."

The personnel director notes that Blanding's size at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds is a "big plus," but referred to him as slow -- his 40-yard dash time of 4.63 seconds would back that up -- and believes that the Virginia defender will end up drafted lower than his projection among most media members and fans. Zierlein currently stamps Blanding with a grade for Rounds 5-6.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 6 - 7:43 PM

An NFC team director of scouting said that there's "almost no in-between" with Virginia QB Kurt Benkert.

"It's either a big-armed throw that whistles in there between defenders or it's something stupid that turns into an interception or near interception," the director of scouting explained. While he did say that he is a fan of the 6-foot-3, 218-pounder's arm, he also acknowledged that it's hard to trust a player with Benkert's tendencies. At best, we view the Virginia gunslinger as a late Day 3 project.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 6 - 4:36 PM

Former Ohio State redshirt senior DL Dylan Thompson has transferred to Virginia.

Because Thompson transferred as a graduate, he'll be immediately eligible to play for the Cavaliers in 2018. A former three-star commitment, Thompson was not on scholarship last season for the Buckeyes, and he's lost time due to academic issues as well as a knee injury sustained during his freshman year. He should be able to provide some depth in the Virginia defensive line rotation.
Feb 26 - 12:23 PM

Rutgers redshirt senior G Marcus Applefield transferred to Virginia as a graduate.

Applefield (6'5/308) started 10 games during the 2017 campaign, appearing in 27 total for his career with Rutgers. When he was choosing between colleges as a three-star recruit in the 2014 cycle, Virginia was one of his finalists before he ultimately opted for the Scarlet Knights.
Feb 8 - 6:52 PM


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