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Virginia Tech redshirt senior edge rusher Dadi Nicolas was compared by NFL Media to Cleveland's Barkevious Mingo.

"Nicolas looks a lot like the former LSU star flying around the edge of the defense and chasing down ball carriers all over the field," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "They both do it with plenty of length, but not a lot of girth; Nicolas is 6-4, 236 pounds and looks more like a basketball player in uniform." Mingo has a similar athletic profile and is just about the same size at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds. The fear with Nicolas is that he's a tweener, and being compared to Mingo -- who hasn't lived up to the hype -- is a bit of a backhanded compliment.
Source: NFL.com
May 22 - 10:08 PM

NFL Media ranks Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller as the No. 7 defender in the nation.

"The younger brother of 2014 Chicago Bears first-round pick Kyle Fuller, Kendall is filling his sibling's shoes nicely as one of the top cornerbacks in college football for the Hokies," wrote NFL.com's Chase Goodbread. "He'll be the best man-to-man coverage cornerback in the ACC this season and has the size to handle bigger receivers." Fuller led the Hokies with 15 passes defended last season. He added two interceptions, giving him a total of 26 breakups and eight interceptions across his two-year collegiate career.
Source: NFL.com
May 19 - 11:14 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt senior edge rusher Dadi Nicolas is "back to terrorize ACC quarterbacks one more time," observes NFL Media.

Nicolas considered leaving for the NFL early, but ultimately decided to come back for one more year, a good idea for a player who must add bulk. "Beyond just rushing the passer, Nicolas has exceptional range as a tackler on the perimeter defending stretch plays," wrote NFL.com's Chase Goodbread. The 6-foot-4, 236-pounder earned second-team All-ACC honors for posting 72 tackles, 18.5 TFL, nine sacks and 35 quarterback hurries last year. That is ludicrous production, and he's a good bet to top it this fall assuming health.
Source: NFL.com
May 19 - 9:13 PM

Scout.com ranks Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller as the No. 18 draft prospect in the nation.

"Fuller is blessed with a combination of good size and speed," wrote Scout.com's Jamie Newberg. "Add his athleticism and you have the makings of a first round draft pick next spring." The NFL loves bloodlines and Fuller will benefit from that preference. His brother Kyle was drafted in Round 1 by the Bears in 2014, and Vincent (defensive back) and Corey Fuller (wide receiver) played in the NFL last decade.
Source: Scout.com
May 17 - 7:39 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt senior edge rusher Dadi Nicolas has "gotten better and better each year, and he's on track to have a huge season," notes Fox Sports' Lauren Brownlow.

"Nicolas considered leaving early, but didn't like the grades he was getting in terms of his projected draft spot," Brownlow wrote. "He is sort of a tweener in that he'll probably be drafted to play linebacker in the NFL (he's too small to be a defensive end), but he's going to be an elite speciality pass-rusher at the next level." NFL.com's Chad Reuter recently ranked Nicolas as the No. 7 senior prospect in the land. The 6-foot-4, 236-pounder earned second-team All-ACC honors after posting 18.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks last year.
Source: Fox Sports
May 17 - 4:10 PM

Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller debuted at No. 13 on Mel Kiper's first 2016 Big Board.

"It goes beyond pedigree with Fuller," he wrote. "He has three older brothers who all went to VT and all landed in the NFL, and Kendall might be the best of the bunch. He has great instincts in coverage, plays physical and was an All-American in 2014, even though he wasn't at 100 percent. With 25 starts already under his belt, he'll have a ton of experience by the time 2015 is over." Kendall's brother Kyle was a recent first-rounder of the Bears. The 6-foot, 190-pound Kendall enters the year as a consensus Round 1 prospect.
May 16 - 4:23 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris gave the Baltimore Ravens Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller at No. 23 in a recent mock draft.

"Fuller did not play as well his sophomore year as his freshman year," he wrote. "Still, it's not as if the talent disappeared. Teams will like the NFL bloodlines." Kendall's brother Kyle is, of course, a former first-rounder of the Bears. ESPN's Todd McShay sent Fuller to the Saints at No. 21. "Kendall had a strong true sophomore campaign for the Hokies last season," he wrote. "He uses his hands very well and has good size, athleticism and instincts."
Source: Rotoworld
May 14 - 8:24 PM

NFL.com's Chad Reuter ranks Virginia Tech redshirt senior edge rusher Dadi Nicolas as the No. 7 senior prospect in the land.

"Nicolas has the smooth acceleration off the line to become one of the best in the country as a senior," Reuter wrote. "Scouts wonder if Nicolas could be the next great Haitian-born pass rusher, though he doesn't cut the physically-imposing presence that Jason Pierre-Paul did for South Florida (and still does for the Giants)." The 6-foot-4, 236-pounder earned second-team All-ACC honors for posting 18.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks last year. "[He] is misused as a base end in the Hokies' defense but is likely to transition to linebacker at the next level -- with many teams relying on 3-4 alignments as their base defense," wrote Reuter. "He only started playing football his senior year of high school, so honing his skill off the edge combined with improving his bend and strength at the point of attack would make him a very highly-regarded prospect."
Source: NFL.com
May 11 - 10:29 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller is "more fundamentally sound at this point than [Vernon] Hargreaves but not as athletic, Fuller would be quite the consolation prize if he doesn't overtake his Florida counterpart."

Fuller ranks as the No. 5 underclassmen prospect in the nation. The 6-foot, 190-pound Fuller has been outstanding since the day he stepped foot on campus, earning freshman All-American and ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors as a true frosh. Kendall's brother Kyle was drafted in the first round by the Bears in 2013.
Source: CBS Sports
May 11 - 9:45 PM

Cowboys selected Virginia Tech T/G Laurence Gibson with the No. 243 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Gibson (6'6/305) made 19 starts for Virginia Tech, dabbling at guard and right tackle before protecting the blind side as a senior. Gibson has a limited college resume but shredded the Combine, running 5.04 with highly impressive vertical (33 1/2") and broad (9'5") jumps. He also has vines for arms (35 1/8") and huge hands (10 3/8"). Gibson looks the part getting off the bus, but is a 24-year-old project. He'll need to be coached hard to hit his ceiling.
May 2 - 6:10 PM

Redskins selected Virginia Tech S Kyshoen Jarrett with the No. 181 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Jarrett (5'10/200) was a 38-game starter in college, tallying 8.5 career tackles for loss, five interceptons, and two forced fumbles. He ran 4.57 with a 33-inch vertical at the Combine, particularly shining in the three-cone drill (6.95). An intense, aggressive, and efficient tackler, Jarrett has coverage limitations that will have to be masked by scheme if he ever becomes a consistent defensive contributor. His ceiling is likely a third safety and special teamer.
May 2 - 3:51 PM

Four teams have scheduled a visit for Virginia Tech T Laurence Gibson.

Those four teams: the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. Gibson is one of the most athletic offensive linemen in this class, but he needs a lot of work. We doubt he draws more than a fifth through seventh-round selection, but many teams like to invest in athletes in that area. Gibson has the most experience on the left side.
Mar 22 - 10:01 AM

Virginia Tech redshirt freshman TE Bucky Hodges was arrested and charged with public intoxication.

Hodges is a budding star for the Hokies, catching 45 passes for 526 yards and seven touchdowns in his first year on the field. He was arrested in the parking lot next to an apartment complex.
Feb 9 - 9:31 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Virginia Tech T Laurence Gibson was a surprise invite to the combine in Indianapolis.

"A part-time starter as a junior, Gibson started all 13 games at left tackle for the Hokies in 2014 and although he needs technique work, he held up well on the edges, showing enough consistency to attract the attention of NFL scouts," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-6, 274-pound Gibson earned an invite over bigger tackle names like Eric Lefeld (Cincinnati), Blaine Clausell (Mississippi State) and Mickey Baucus (Arizona).
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 12:51 AM

Virginia Tech senior G David Wang will play in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

The sixth-year senior kicked inside to center midway through the year. Wang is the brother of former Hokie and NFL player Ed Wang, who was picked by the Bills in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. David also has an NFL future. "I'm definitely going after the NFL with everything I've got," Wang told the Times-Mirror last month. "Hopefully I get an opportunity to play at the next level and we'll see where that goes. That's definitely my next step though." Wang's "intelligence, quickness and position versatility should earn him a chance to make an NFL roster," CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote over the summer.
Jan 7 - 3:24 PM


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