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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

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford to Justin Hunter.

The 6-foot-1, 174-pounder has good height and great athleticism, but his frame and propensity to get shoved around by physical corners gives evaluators pause. "His play strength is concerning as NFL cornerbacks will consistently challenge him off the line of scrimmage," Zierlein wrote. "He also has to prove he can be effective when facing zone coverage. He has the height and speed to be a deep-ball menace in the right scheme, but he has a little lower floor than some Day 2 receiver prospects in this draft." Ford caught 79 passes for 1,094 yards and seven touchdowns last season to earn second-team All-ACC honors.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 12:48 PM

Virginia Tech TE Bucky Hodges's athletic profile places him in the 94th percentile.

Hodges lined up as a receiver more often than an inline tight end in 2017, but his size at 6-foot-6 and 257 pounds certainly doesn't project to an outside role in the NFL. Now, he might be used in that area from time to time to create mismatches, but he will be viewed as an inline project with receiving skills. He shined in the explosive tests, the forty, vertical jump and broad jump.
Mar 10 - 10:55 AM

Virginia Tech TE/WR Bucky Hodges led all tight ends at the NFL Combine with a 39-inch inch vertical jump.

Not only did he pace the TE field, but Hodges became only the second player measuring 6-foot-6 or taller to post a 39-inch-or-better jump at the Combine since 2006, falling just below Mario Williams' 40.5-inch leap. For some context on Hodges' jump, consider that the 6-foot-6 Jimmy Graham posted a 38.5-inch vertical at the 2010 Combine.
Source: ESPN
Mar 4 - 3:42 PM

Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans will meet with the Giants.

Josh Johnson and Ryan Nassib are unrestricted free agents, which means that Keith Wenning is the only quarterback currently on the roster behind Eli Manning. A developmental quarterback is an inspired idea, and Evans' raw-but-toolsy game would make him a great fit to be just that as a Day 3 flier.
Mar 3 - 4:33 PM

Virginia Tech TE/WR Bucky Hodges had an informal meeting with the Patriots.

Hodges will be in for a busy Friday night, as he has 10 formal, 15-minute meetings scheduled with NFL squads later tonight. He figures to be drafted on Day 2 or early Day 3. Bucky Ball measured a strong 6-foot-6, 257 pounds at the Combine.
Mar 3 - 3:08 PM

Virginia Tech TE/WR Bucky Hodges arrived in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine measuring 6-foot-6, 257 pounds with 10 1/3-inch hands.

Whether Hodges will play tight end or wide receiver in the NFL remains a question. No questioning his physical measurements, though. He outweighed both Miami TE David Njoku (6-foot-4, 246 pounds) and Alabama TE O.J. Howard (6-foot-5 3/4, 251 pounds). Those two prospects are potential first-rounders, Hodges more of a third- or fourth-round possibility.
Mar 2 - 3:48 PM

An NFC director of player personnel says Virginia Tech S Chuck Clark is just a "JAG (just a guy)."

"I guess you like him more than me because I think he's JAG (just a guy)," he said. "He's instinctive but what else? I don't see anything special. To me, he's a backup who will always be looking over his shoulder for his roster spot." Clark made 94 stops, 2.5 TFL and two pass break-ups last year. "Clark is a little smaller than the NFL norm and that will likely hurt him some on draft day since the safety position is often drafted based heavily on physical traits," NFL Media's Lance Zierlein wrote. "Clark is a willing tackler who can play a combo safety role thanks to his instincts and ball skills. Position coaches may end up liking him much more than the evaluators who are tasked with finding traits-based talent. Clark could become a third safety who works his way into playing time."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 5:35 PM

NFL Media's Chad Reuter wrote that Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans "could make a lot of fans at the [C]ombine."

"He's a smart player who brings athleticism and a live arm to the party," Reuter notes. "If he impresses on the field, in workouts, and at team interviews, we could be looking at the player teams will point to as the next mid-round pick with starter-quality attributes -- aka the next Dak Prescott." We think this is dangerous draft logic, as Dak Prescott's early success is far, far from the norm for a mid-round quarterback selection. One marked difference between the two players -- Evans has just one year of FBS starting experience under his belt. Prescott, on the other hand, was a three-year starter at Mississippi State prior to being drafted a year ago.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 1:00 PM

NFL Media's Chad Reuter writes that "teams must satisfy their questions about what role [Virginia Tech WR/TE Bucky Hodges] will play in an NFL offense before using a premium pick to bring him aboard."

If teams opt to slot Hodges as a wideout, rather than a tight end, Reuter notes that the 6-foot-6, 244-pounder "must show the suddenness and speed at the to be considered a legitimate outside threat and a top-50 value." If the athletic numbers don't quite rise to the hoped-for heights, then Reuter believes that a third- or fourth-round pick is realistic for the former Hokie.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 6:11 PM

An AFC area scout told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans "made a huge mistake" by declaring for the draft.

No arguments from us. Evans was one of the more surprising draft jumpers this winter. As the scout notes, "He still has to have reps and learn to play quarterback. Where are his reps coming from now?" Zierlein understands the questions, here, writing that the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder "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."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 5:02 PM

Rivals' Mike Ferrell calls three-star QB Hendon Hooker "the next development project for [HC] Justin Fuente."

As far as balls of clay go, Fuente chose well in the raw Hooker. A 6-foot-4, 204-pound dual-threat, Hooker is a three-star recruit according to Rivals and a four-star recruit per 247 Sports. Virginia Tech says Hooker has already gained 11 pounds to bulk up to 215. Since Josh Jackson is a favorite to win the 2017 job, Hooker may redshirt his first year on campus.
Source: Rivals
Feb 8 - 1:51 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt senior RB Marshawn Williams has retired due to injury concerns.

"While I’m disappointed that I can no longer sweat with my teammates on the football field," Williams said in a statement, "I’ll be a Hokie for the rest of my life." He was plagued by knee injuries throughout his career, undergoing surgery three times. The final blow for the 5-foot-11, 229-pounder came this past season, when he tore his ACL against Virginia on November 19. He finishes out his Virginia Tech career having rushed for 719 yards and six touchdowns.
Jan 31 - 2:15 PM

Virginia Tech received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 DE Tyjuan Garbutt.

It's been a long, winding road for the Hokies and Garbutt, but it looks like they have finally found each other for good. Garbutt initially committed to Virginia Tech last February, then reopened his recruitment in July. The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder never committed to another school, though, and is now back in HC Justin Fuente's corner with just days remaining before National Signing Day. Rivals ranks Garbutt as their No. 228 overall prospect in the 2017 class. Just how he will fit at the collegiate level is a tricky matter, as Garbutt has a tweener's build.
Jan 27 - 6:48 PM

Virginia Tech received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 S Devon Hunter.

The Hokies were gunning hard for Hunter's pledge. Barring a change of heart, looks like they got their man. Said the 6-foot-1, 204-pounder, "I’ve built a great relationship with coach Scott, the safeties coach. He’s helped me through a lot of different things, showed me where I would fit in best on defense, where he sees me playing, and where I fit into the depth chart." He ranks as Rivals' No. 47 overall prospect in the 2017 class and opted to commit to Virginia Tech over Florida. During the Nike Football Ratings Championship over the summer, he clocked a 4.42-second 40-yard dash. Assuming there's a smooth transition to collegiate ball, Hunter has the requisite speed, physicality and football smarts to be an immediate contributor for the Hokies in 2017.
Source: Rivals
Jan 21 - 1:47 PM


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