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ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. noted that of the three Fuller brothers who have attended Virginia Tech, junior CB Kendall Fuller is "the top prospect at this stage if you compare them."

Fuller's three older brothers all played under HC Frank Beamer and subsequently landed in the NFL, but Kiper likes baby brother Kendall to outshine them. "He has great instincts in coverage, plays physical and was an All-American in 2014, even though he wasn't at 100 percent," wrote the ESPN draft expert, who did caution that consistency would be the key in 2015 if the 6-foot, 190-pound junior wants to fulfill his potential. Fuller has broken up 26 passes while picking off eight over the last two seasons.
Sep 3 - 6:49 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt senior edge rusher Dadi Nicolas is "athletic off the edge with a dynamic first step," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

The Virginia Tech prospect will go up against top senior offensive line prospect, Ohio State senior LT Taylor Decker, "an excellent early season matchup" for NFL scouts to enjoy, according to Brugler. The 6-foot-4, 236-pound Nicolas finished with 72 tackles, 18.5 TFL, nine sacks and 35 quarterback hurries in 2014, two of those sacks and three of those tackles for loss, came against the Buckeyes.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 3 - 2:40 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore TE Bucky Hodges' on-field versatility and play is compared by offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler to Aaron Hernandez.

The Hokies have been showing Hodges video of Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and Saints TE Jimmy Graham to show him how they want to use him as a moving chess piece. "That tight end/hybrid position... besides the quarterback it’s the most difficult spot in the offense," Loeffler said. "There’s multiple job responsibilities and that’s what causes problems for the defense is that those guys are lining up everywhere." The 6-foot-7, 249-pound Hodges caught 45 passes for 526 yards and seven touchdowns last year, earning third-team All-ACC honors. You'll see him lined up inline, out wide and in the backfield. Hodges came to Virginia Tech as a QB, so don't be surprised if he's featured in trick plays either. "I consider myself a football player," Hodges said. "Whatever coach wants me to do, I go out there and do it."
Sep 2 - 9:29 PM

Virginia Tech senior DT Corey Marshall said that the Hokies "executed to a lethal level" against Ohio State last season.

"We executed to a lethal level and it showed on the scoreboard," said Marshall, of the 35-21 victory. No other team held the Buckeyes to fewer than 31 points last season. The Hokies picked off J.T. Barrett three times in that contest, while almost completely eliminating the Ohio State running game--Ezekiel Elliott had just eight carries for 32 yards, with 15 of those yards coming on one carry. This is all candy and gumdrops for Virginia Tech, but we would caution the Hokies not to ramp up the trash talk.
Sep 1 - 7:17 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl pointed out how aggressively Virginia Tech loaded the box in last season's win over Ohio State.

Even when facing three receiver sets, Virginia Tech put eight in the box and dared the Buckeyes to beat them on the outside. It worked, as Ezekiel Elliott and the Buckeyes' offensive line were stuffed up front, and J.T Barrett had a difficult time stressing coverage downfield. This is certainly a game Urban Meyer and company have gameplanned for, so the differences in how they approach the contest will be interesting to see.
Sep 1 - 12:27 PM

Virginia Tech tabbed senior J.C. Coleman as the school's starting RB.

Coleman won the job over Trey Edmunds. 2014 was Coleman's best season on the field, but he only rushed for 533 yards (5.0 yards per carry) and three touchdowns, starring in the last four games. As a whole, Virginia Tech did not crack 2,000 yards rushing.
Aug 31 - 11:37 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang describes Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller as "athletic, physical and instinctive."

"Fuller may prove an even more exciting prospect than older brothers Vincent, Corey and Kyle - each of whom currently play in the NFL," Rang wrote. The 6-foot, 190-pound Fuller posted 54 tackles, with 4.5 for loss and two sacks, earning first-team All-ACC and third-team All-American honors in 2014. Fuller has posted 26 passes breakups and eight interceptions in two seasons of play with the Hokies.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 24 - 2:35 PM

Virginia Tech freshman S Adonis Alexander was drawing physical comparisons to Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor from coaches on Thursday.

When word of the high praise returned to Alexander, he understandably called it "music to [his] ears." Defensive coordinator Bud Foster said that the 6-foot-3, 193-pounder would be a "big-time rover for [Virginia Tech]" once the mental side of the equation catches up to the physical side. Foster also noted that Alexander has some "freaky skill sets," specifically mentioning his 4.5 time in the 40 and his 41-inch vertical leap.
Aug 20 - 7:23 PM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore TE Bucky Hodges is "only going to get better" as he learns the intricacies of the tight end position.

The 6-foot-7, 249-pound Hodges, who caught 45 passes for 526 yards and seven touchdowns last year, actually arrived in Blacksburg as a highly rated quarterback. He redshirted that first year to get his feet wet at tight end (he also practiced as a QB). There's a whole lot of clay to mold here; Hodges is a sort of answer to what might have happened had Virginia Tech converted Logan Thomas to TE early in his career. Reuter grades him as the No. 5 third-year sophomore draft prospect. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, meanwhile, stamped him as a Rd. 3 prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 17 - 4:06 PM

If healthy, Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore CB Brandon Facyson "will terrorize receivers and quarterbacks in the typical Hokie fashion," observes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Facyson, who missed last season with tibia and fibula injuries, is graded by Reuter as the No. 9 third-year sophomore draft prospect. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline stamped him as a second-round prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 17 - 12:00 AM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller blends an enticing combination of "excellent ball skills and tenaciousness."

"His foot quickness and fluid hips keep him in the back pocket of receivers, so look for his interception total to increase with two healthy wrists this season," Reuter wrote. The analyst ranks Fuller as the No. 9 overall junior draft prospect. Incredibly, Fuller shrugged off a fractured wrist last season to finish sixth in the nation with 15 pass breakups.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 16 - 7:21 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore TE Bucky Hodges will leave for the NFL after this season if he has a big year.

The 6-foot-6, 249-pound Hodges caught 45 passes for 526 yards and seven touchdowns. "The athletic redshirt sophomore displayed dominant big play abilities last season as well as a large degree of consistency," Pauline wrote. "His upside is enormous and despite the fact I’ve stamped him as a third round prospect, Hodges has first round potential. People close to the program tell me Hodges will bolt for the NFL if he puts together a productive campaign in 2015." The analyst stamped him as a Rd. 3 prospect.
Aug 10 - 12:03 AM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore CB Brandon Facyson "looked brilliant on film during the 2013 campaign and is reported to be back at full health," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Facyson missed last season with tibia and fibula injuries. The analyst stamped him as a second-round prospect. Should the 6-foot-2, 184-pound Facyson stay healthy this year, that grade seems pretty reasonable.
Aug 9 - 7:33 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline is "not in love" with Virginia Tech redshirt senior edge rusher Dadi Nicolas and "feel[s] he’s overrated by many, even area scouts."

"I’m sure the haters will be out in full force," Pauline began, knowing full well that his stance flies in the face of consensus opinion. That being said, he still gives Nicolas a second-round grade, so the point is not that he possesses no value, but that Pauline doesn't see him as the slam dunk first-rounder that some others do. "He’s a very effective but undersized college pass rusher," Pauline wrote. "Though reported to have run the forty in the mid 4.5’s, I don’t see that sort of player on film or a defender who shows great speed in lateral pursuit, something he’ll be required to do at the next level." The 6-foot-4, 236-pound Nicolas had 72 tackles, 18.5 TFL, nine sacks and 35 quarterback hurries last year.
Aug 9 - 2:37 PM

Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller "has long been labeled the most talented of the Fuller brothers and shows the ability to shut down opponents," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Pauline grades him as a Rds. 1-2 prospect. Fuller finished sixth in the nation with 15 pass breakups last season and added two interceptions, earning first-team All-ACC and third-team All-American honors. The 6-foot, 190-pound Kendall is the brother of Kyle, a first-rounder of the Chicago Bears.
Aug 9 - 12:33 PM


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