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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

ESPN's Mel Kiper says Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans' lack of starting experience will hurt his draft stock.

Kiper told the media on Thursday that Evans is no better than the sixth-best QB prospect in the Draft and not heading towards Rds. 1 or 2. He went on to say that the NFL will punish him for not having started more in college (Evans was a one-year starter the FBS level). The industry consensus on Evans at the moment is a Rds. 4-6 developmental prospect. Like fellow ACC gunslinger Brad Kaaya, Evans should have returned to school.
Jan 19 - 2:48 PM

Former Virginia Tech HC Frank Beamer has been added to the College Football Playoff selection committee.

The selection committee has filled all three of their vacant seats. In addition to Beamer, Ohio State AD Gene Smith and Robert Morris President Chris Howard will also be helping to sort out the Playoff over the next three years. "To join a group with so many great minds and such a diverse range of experience, I just want to pull my weight," Beamer said. "The committee has an important role, and I’ll do everything asked of me to help rank the best teams in America for the right to compete for the national championship."
Jan 17 - 1:12 PM

Virginia Tech OT Jonathan McLaughlin accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

McLaughlin started all 12 games for Tech this season, giving him 47 career starts. His work in 2016 earned him a spot on the third-team All-ACC squad.
Jan 14 - 9:47 AM

Virginia Tech OT Jonathan McLaughlin accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

McLaughlin started all 12 games for Tech this season, giving him 47 career starts. His work in 2016 earned him a spot on the third-team All-ACC squad.
Jan 13 - 3:19 PM

Virginia Tech graduate RB Shai McKenzie will transfer.

McKenzie expects to earn his degree from Virginia Tech by the summer. He will be eligible to play immediately for another FBS program in 2017. The 5-foot-11, 221-pounder had himself his fair share of wobbly times at Virginia Tech. He tore his ACL in September of 2014 and, during the 2015 offseason, was sentenced to 15 days in jail for having consensual sex with a minor. He exits stage left at Virginia Tech having rushed for 395 yards (4.6 YPC) and four touchdowns.
Jan 12 - 8:30 PM

Kansas sophomore QB Ryan Willis announced he will transfer to Virginia Tech.

We think Willis must sit out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer regulations, as he only spent two years with the Jayhawks. He has a career 11 to 17 touchdown to interception ratio for his career. This won't immediately quench the loss of Jerod Evans.
Jan 12 - 8:37 AM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior CB Brandon Facyson will return to campus for his senior year.

Facyson was projected in the Rds. 3-4 range. He started all 14 games this past season, finishing with 48 tackles and seven TFL. Facyson is making a good decision. He could be a Rd. 2 or even a Rd. 1 pick with a big senior campaign.
Jan 9 - 2:31 PM


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