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NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein advises readers to monitor Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore TE Bucky Hodges because "you will be hearing much more about him this season (and in 2016)."

"Hodges is a terrific athlete who can hit turbo to separate from defenders and who can go get the tough catches," Zierlein wrote. "Despite transitioning from the quarterback position that he played in high school, Hodges showed clean hands and toughness after the catch. He needs to add more muscle to his frame, but his numbers could be some of the best in the country from this position." Despite pointing out that the Hokies use Hodges as more of an H-back than a tight end, Zierlein ranks Hodges as the No. 4 tight end in the nation.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 10:26 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown is impressed by the game of Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller, which he defines as "physical and instinctive."

Fuller has eight interceptions and 26 pass breakups across two seasons of eligibility. He finished sixth in the nation with 15 pass breakups last season. Fuller, you probably know, has three older brothers who played at Virginia Tech and went on to get drafted: S Vincent Fuller went in Round 4 in 2005, WR Corey Fuller went in Round 6 in 2013 and CB Kyle Fuller went in Round 1 in 2014. "Fuller, the youngest, has a chance to be as good or better than any of them," Brown wrote.
Jun 25 - 5:21 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore CB Brandon "has above average physical ingredients for the cornerback position to match up with large targets," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"Facyson has above average physical ingredients for the cornerback position to match up with large targets and be a consistent run defender. He needs fundamental refinement in some areas, but the biggest question mark for Facyson moving forward is his ability to stay healthy and on the field to develop his skills," Brugler wrote. The Virginia Tech prospect dealt with injuries (tibia and fibula fracture) in 2013 and was awarded a medical redshirt for the 2014 season. If the 6-foot-2, 184-pound Facyson can stay healthy this year, the Hokies should have the best starting CB tandem in the nation with Kendall Fuller starting across the way.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 24 - 4:01 PM

Virginia Tech Redshirt Junior DE/OLB Ken Ekanem "shows some tweener traits as a pass rusher," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"Similar to Nicolas, Ekanem shows some tweener traits as a pass rusher and is used standing up and with his hand on the ground in Bud Foster's multiple defensive front. He is still figuring out how to use his hands and string together rush moves, but it was clear that he gained confidence as last season progressed," Brugler wrote. As a first year starter, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ekanem recorded 53 tackles, with 14.5 for loss, while leading Virginia Tech in sacks with 9.5 in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 24 - 3:27 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Virginia Tech edge rusher Dadi Nicolas' "active and harassing ability as a stand-up edge rusher will be highly coveted if he continues his pass rush development as a senior."

"He is still developing his football awareness, but has grown considerably in this area, holding the edge and leveraging the field vs. the run. Nicolas, who also blocked two kicks in 2014, doesn't have the power profile that most NFL teams seek at defensive end, but his active and harassing ability as a stand-up edge rusher will be highly coveted if he continues his pass rush development as a senior," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 236-pound Nicolas was quite productive in 2014, posting 72 tackles, with a team-high 18.5 for loss, nine sacks, 35 quarterback hurries, two blocked kicks, and a fumble recovery. Brugler adds that Nicolas is "one of the top edge rushing prospects for the 2016 NFL draft class."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 24 - 2:34 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller "has the natural traits to surpass his older brother (Kyle) as a pro prospect during the 2015 season."

"He is often caught leaning in coverage and needs to keep his feet underneath him to prevent him from falling off balance, but he shows similar instincts and savviness as his brother, Kyle, who was drafted 14th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. While he's not as consistent as Kyle yet, Kendall has the natural traits to surpass his older brother as a pro prospect during the 2015 season," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot, 197-pound Fuller posted 54 tackles, with 4.5 for loss and two sacks and recorded two interceptions, 15 pass breakups and a forced fumble in 2014. The Virginia Tech prospect has already earned various All-American and All-ACC honors. Kendall could be the second Fuller brother to go in the first round with another solid season in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 24 - 2:04 PM

Former Virginia Tech redshirt junior DE Dewayne Alford transferred to South Alabama.

We believe Alford will be granted immediate eligibility as a graduate, but have not been able to confirm. We do know that Alford has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Alford appeared in every game for the Hokies the past two years, but most of his work was done on special teams. He'll find more playing time at USA.
Jun 23 - 5:56 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior G Augie Conte has benched 440 pounds, squatted 575 pounds and cleaned 390 pounds.

"On a team that always seems to have a physical presence on the line of scrimmage, he's the weight-room standout," noted NFL Media. "Does it translate to the field? Well, against Ohio State's vaunted defense, in an upset Hokies win, he had six knockdown blocks." Conte started 10 games last year, nine at right guard and one at right tackle (Tech’s Military Bowl win over Cincinnati). He's the Hokies' only returning starter at offensive guard.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 21 - 8:20 PM

Virginia Tech edge rusher Dadi Nicolas "has the smooth acceleration off the line to become one of the best in the country as a senior," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"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 New York Giants)," Reuter wrote. 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. Reuter believes he's miscast as a base end with the Hokies and projects better to outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment. "He only started playing football his senior year of high school, so he'll be a very highly regarded prospect if he hones his skills off the edge and improves his bend and strength at the point of attack," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 19 - 6:54 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt senior DT Luther Maddy "is a squatty guy with excellent first-step quickness; he is tough against the run and also provides a pass rush," observes NFL Media.

Maddy played in only four games last season because of a knee injury that required two surgeries. The injury isn't expected to linger, however. Maddy has posted 1.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss in his career. "He and DE Dadi Nicolas should form one of the best defensive line duos in the nation; they also played together in high school, at Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 7:29 PM

If he's healthy, Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore CB Brandon Facyson and Kendall Fuller "will form perhaps the best cornerback duo in the nation," according to NFL Media.

Facyson (6-2, 184) is very gifted, but his left leg has been a huge problem and will be something to monitor. Last year, he was sidelined for most of the year with a left shin injury and then he broke his left fibula and tibia during a December practice session. "Facyson has excellent size, is physical and can run," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "If football doesn't work out for him, he should be fine: Both his parents are educators and he is majoring in biological sciences with a goal of becoming a heart surgeon."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 13 - 3:57 PM

Virginia Tech sophomore WR Isaiah Ford "is a rising star that could easily put up 1,000 yards on a team that has its sights set on a Coastal crown," writes ESPN's David M. Hale.

"Ford was very good as a true freshman last season, but now he’s got a year of experience under his belt and a QB situation that promises to be more consistent," Hale wrote. The scribe thinks Ford is a darkhorse candidate for ACC offensive player of the year. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Ford had 56 catches for 709 yards and six touchdowns as a true freshman in 2014.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 9 - 6:12 PM

Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster "will have some excellent talent with which to work this fall, so you can expect another top-20 defense," believes NFL Media.

"Foster annually oversees one of the nation's best defenses, but he also turns 56 in late July, and if he wants to be a head coach, the clock is ticking," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "When the 'coach-in-waiting' title was in vogue, the assumption was he would get that moniker at Tech. But that never happened, and it might behoove him to move on from Frank Beamer's immense shadow." NFL Media ranks Foster as the No. 5 best assistant coach prospect in the country.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 8 - 4:27 PM

Virginia Tech edge rusher Dadi Nicolas reportedly runs his forty in the 4.63 range and possesses a 38-inch vertical jump.

For comparison, these are almost identical figures to Frank Clark, who Seattle selected in the second round. He is about 30 pounds lighter than Clark, however. Nicolas absolutely could have entered the 2015 NFL Draft, but expect a great upcoming season for the Hokie.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 8 - 12:56 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt freshman QB Andrew Ford will transfer.

Stuck behind senior Michael Brewer and junior Brenden Motley on the depth chart, Ford sought and was granted a release from his Tech scholarship. If he goes to another FBS program, he’ll have to sit out this coming season. The three-star recruit took a redshirt last season, his first in college.
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