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Ravens selected Virginia Tech DB Chuck Clark with the No. 186 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Clark (6’0/208) made 40 starts in Virginia Tech's secondary, managing 14 career tackles for loss and two interceptions. He mostly played cornerback in college, but also dabbled at safety and covered kickoffs and punts throughout his career. An efficient tackler with plus instincts, Clark’s shortage of ball skills and average athleticism (4.54 forty, 34-inch vertical) suggest he profiles best as special teams help. Clark’s experience at multiple defensive back positions does improve his cause.
Apr 29 - 4:00 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans has the "same type of arm strength and same type of athlete as DeShone Kizer, but Kizer is more advanced."

Since Kizer is extremely raw himself, this isn't the compliment it might appear on the surface. "A real project," the scout said. "[Evans has] a strong arm but he has no idea where he’s throwing the ball." NFL Network's Mike Mayock has predicted that Evans won't get drafted, but some team might take a shot on Evans' raw ability late on Day 3. "He’s raw but I love his presence," said a second scout that was quoted in the piece. "Off the field he has a long, long ways to go as far as the football learning and background. He really should have stayed in school. He’s big and strong and athletic. You like that he went there and took over the job and had a damn good year."
Apr 26 - 4:35 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock predicts that Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans will not get drafted.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Evans led Virginia Tech to the ACC championship game in his first season as starter in 2016 and then stunned the NFL draft community by declaring for the pros in January with one season of eligibility remaining. He's got a great frame and good athleticism working in his favor, along with a solid arm, but is extremely raw and struggles with accuracy and decision making.
Apr 21 - 1:58 PM

The Sporting News' Eric Galko believes that the Lions could target Virginia Tech TE Bucky Hodges in the second round.

The assumption here is that neither Alabama's O.J. Howard nor Miami's David Njoku will be available then Detroit picks at No. 21. Galko points to the 6-foot-6, 257-pound Hodges as a prime option for the Motor City Kitties at No. 53. Given the flush nature of the 2017 TE class, there will be talent at the position available for the Lions even later in the draft should they whiff on their earlier targets.
Apr 18 - 7:41 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Virginia Tech TE Bucky Hodges to Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham.

"Graham spent his first year in the NFL improving his blocking technique and, with that same level of organizational development, Hodges possesses the tools to become one of the better tight ends in the NFL," writes the PFF analysis team. While the 6-foot-6, 257-pound Hodges has the requisite athletic chops for that lofty Graham comp, he will need to shore up his routes and hands if he is going to make good on that comparison. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein offers a more modest comp in the form of Devin Funchess.
Apr 14 - 7:28 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports that the Lions, Steelers, 49ers, and Chargers are among the teams that have shown interest in Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans.

We have here three teams that may be looking for a developmental signal-caller early on Day 3. The other, the 49ers, could conceivably opt to fill other holes on Days 1 and 2 and try to strike gold with a raw quarterback possessing upside on Day 3. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Evans surprisingly declared for the Draft in January. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein wrote that Evans "has a decent arm, great size and is a good athlete, but his ball placement, mechanics and overall decision making still have a long way to go."
Apr 14 - 2:01 PM

The Cowboys hosted Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans at their local prospect day.

The Cowboys could stand to bolster their quarterback depth following Tony Romo's departure, and picking a developmental prospect on Day 3 makes plenty of sense. Evans, a surprise early entrant following one season with the Hokies, led Virginia Tech to the ACC championship game in 2016. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder is a mid-to-late round prospect, probably in the Rds. 4-6 range.
Apr 10 - 2:38 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Virginia Tech S Chuck Clark to Chicago Bears S Adrian Amos.

"Clark, like Amos, is incredibly active around the line of scrimmage, relishing the physical components of a strong safety’s skillset," writes the PFF analysis team. "Unblocked, both are capable of wrecking runs in the backfield, and neither is afraid to mix it up against blockers." Per the outlet, the 6-foot, 208-pounder whiffed on just 19 of 230 attempted tackles in three seasons with the Hokies. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline stamps Clark with a sixth-round grade, while the PFF crew concludes their scouting breakdown by writing that "top defenses thrive on assignment-sound disruptors of Clark’s quality." Consider him a diamond in the rough for Day 3.
Apr 8 - 3:57 PM

An AFC East regional scout said that Virginia Tech FB Sam Rogers will "probably be a demon on special teams."

The scout explained that he was keen on the 5-foot-10, 231-pound Rogers as a football player despite relatively ho-hum measurables and noted that the Virginia Tech fullback's versatility is one of his strongest attributes. A selection late on Day 3 would be the most optimistic forecast for Rogers' come the draft, but he looks to have the chops to grit-and-grind his way onto an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent if he is unable to find an immediate home at the end of April.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 4 - 10:45 PM

Pro Football Focus noted that Virginia Tech DT Woody Baron's "pass-rushing skill-set fits the requirements of the modern NFL."

"Baron is both short and light for a player in his position, yet possesses the athletic skills to expose some of the heavier interior offensive lineman in the pros," writes the PFF analysis crew of the 6-foot-1, 275-pounder. The outlet adds that "[t]he reward should outweigh the risk sometime on Day 3." This past season, Baron was good for 56 tackles (18.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks and a pair of fumbles recovered in 14 games played.
Apr 2 - 1:44 PM

The season-opening contest between West Virginia and Virginia Tech has been moved from Saturday, September 2, to Sunday, September 3.

This is the second season-opener which has been shifted to Sunday. UCLA and Texas A&M will likewise square off on September 3. It looks like 2016's Texas-Notre Dame Sunday funday shift might have opened the door for a little bit of a trend. West Virginia and Virginia Tech will be kicking off at 7:30 PM EST on ABC when the time comes for them to help ring in the 2017 campaign.
Mar 31 - 2:45 PM

Ohio State graduate WR James Clark transferred to Virginia Tech.

Clark was a four-star recruit for the 2013 cycle, but the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder's career with the Buckeyes never truly got rolling. This past season, he registered all of six catches for 47 yards. Clark will now try for a career reboot at Virginia Tech, where he will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 as a graduate transfer.
Mar 31 - 12:59 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Virginia Tech TE Bucky Hodges to Devin Funchess.

At 6-foot-6, 257 pounds, Hodges placed in the 94th percentile as an athlete at the NFL Combine, but he remains more athlete than football player due to his mediocre routes and inconsistent hands. "He can line up inside or outside while his size and ability to work all three levels of the field should be appealing to teams looking for pass catching options," Zierlein wrote. "The competitive nature of the NFL could bring out more consistent toughness in him as a blocker. He has the tools to be a long-time starter and touchdown-maker in the league."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 28 - 4:02 PM

Pro Football Focus compares Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford to former Arizona Cardinals WR Steve Breaston.

"Breaston carved out a solid career for a few years as a complementary receiver. He could use his frame to go up and get the ball," notes the PFF analysis gang, "and while Ford wins with more body control than physicality, he has the ability to move the chains even when he’s covered or when passes thrown inaccurately in his direction." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein offers up a more contemporary comparison, as he sees a bit of Justin Hunter in the 6-foot-1, 174-pound Hokies draft hopeful. You can reasonably expect to hear his name to be called at some point on Day 2 or early on Day 3.
Mar 25 - 3:02 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior WR Jaylen Bradshaw has left the team.

A Virginia Tech spokesperson said that Bradshaw has not been with the Hokies during the spring semester. The reason for the 6-foot-1, 202-pounder's departure has not been disclosed. Bradshaw ranked as the No. 20 player in the state of Virginia for the 2014 cycle. He made three catches for 25 yards this past season.
Mar 23 - 8:28 PM


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