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Virginia Tech has indefinitely suspended sophomore S Adonis Alexander and redshirt freshman DE Houshun Gaines following their arrests for marijuana possession.

According to an online database for the Montgomery County General District Court, Alexander and Gaines were arrested for marijuana possession on April 24. They are facing misdemeanor charges, with Alexander also being charged with possession of alcohol. The 6-foot-3, 193-pound Alexander was an expected starter for 2016. Last season, he recorded 55 tackles (0.5 for loss) while intercepting four passes.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 10:17 PM

Virgina Tech TE Ryan Malleck is "not big enough to be a 'Y' (blocking TE) and not really fast or a threat as a receiver," an NFL scout said.

"He knows how to find holes but he's not going to beat anybody worth a damn in man coverage," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "If he makes it you're looking to do better." A second scout was more generous with Malleck, who existed in the shadows of Bucky Hodges the past few years: "He's a good player because he does everything right. He's not flashy. He's steady."
Apr 23 - 2:17 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang noted that Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller could "develop into a reliable NFL starter like his older brother Kyle."

"Although his game still needs refinement in areas," Rang wrote, "Fuller has very good short-area quickness with the controlled footwork and natural feel in coverage [necessarily for continued development]." The analyst thinks that younger brother Kendall has more upside than older brother Kyle. While Rang floats the 5-foot-11, 187-pounder as a potential option for the Panthers at No. 30, Fuller has also drawn interest from the Titans. He visited them earlier this week. Tennessee is unlikely to use pick No. 15 on the Virginia Tech product, but they also hold pick No. 33 in the second round, which could reasonably be used toward the corner. Tennessee has more flexibility than a gymnast when it comes to what angle they might take on the draft in a week.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 21 - 5:31 PM

Virginia Tech EDGE Dadi Nicolas visited the Falcons on Tuesday.

The Redskins, Cardinals, Steelers and Dolphins have also hosted Nicolas, who is purely a speed rusher at this point in his career. Many were optimistic about Nicolas' long term future a couple of seasons ago, but his game never developed. Right now, he is a one track rusher who struggles when his momentum is stopped.
Apr 20 - 9:25 AM

The Titans have scheduled a late visit with Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller.

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport relayed this one to the masses. Apparently, the Titans want a Fuller visit following his encouraging results at medical rechecks in Indianapolis on Friday. At the time, Rapoport reported that the 5-foot-11, 187-pounder is expected to be ready for training camp and possibly even mini-camp. He is currently rehabbing from microfracture surgery which he underwent in September. If a team is feeling frisky on Fuller, they could take a first-round flier, but the Titans could easily be eyeing him as a potential second or third round selection. They hold six of the first 76 picks.
Apr 19 - 4:13 PM

Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller visited the Jets last week and is scheduled to travel to the Jets and Panthers this week, according to Aaron Wilson.

Fuller received positive feedback from his medical recheck last week, according to Ian Rapoport. That is great news, as Fuller dealt with multiple knee issues during his final collegiate season. Fuller is likely viewed as a top 50 prospect by many and will be targeted in round two or three.
Apr 18 - 10:29 AM

Pro Football Focus analyst Mike Renner wrote that Virginia Tech G Wade Hansen's ability to position himself is a key strength.

Renner referred to Hansen as having a bit of an awkward running style. That matters not when push comes to shove. "But [despite his occasional awkwardness] Hansen is already so adept at positioning himself that he rarely lost cleanly in college," the analyst wrote, adding that "[h]is overall grade was 12th among Power-5 tackles in this draft class and there is definitely something to work with here in the later rounds."
Apr 16 - 4:37 PM

Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller (knee) received a positive review at Combine medical rechecks.

"Belief is he'll be ready for training camp -- maybe even minicamp," wrote Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. Assuming this report is true, Fuller may be able to climb back into the late first round territory. Remember, prior to his injury Fuller was likely ticketed the middle of Day 1. Even he doesn't go in Rd. 1, he won't have to wait long in Rd. 2.
Apr 15 - 7:36 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reports that teams are concerned about Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller's surgically-repaired knee.

Those within the league that the analyst spoke with indicated that Fuller is a first-rounder based on tape, but his knee injury has dropped him to the second day. "Sources said that if the Combine medical recheck goes well, he should be safe on the second day and likely the second round," Campbell wrote. "Teams are worried about Fuller's status and when he would be able to play in his rookie year." We'll find out the results of those rechecks hopefully by the end of the week.
Apr 14 - 9:11 PM

Virginia Tech edge rusher Dadi Nicolas is visiting the Redskins on Thursday.

Nicolas has been busy on the pre-draft circuit, already making visits to Arizona, Pittsburgh and Miami. The 6-foot-3, 239-pounder is raw and small, but he has good athletic tools and has dormant talent still lurking inside him.
Apr 14 - 6:25 PM

Virginia Tech edge rusher Dadi Nicolas is visiting the Redskins on Thursday, according to Rand Getlin.

Nicolas previously visited the Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins. The lean edge rusher has plenty of speed and movement in a vacuum, however he only weighed 235-pounds at the NFL Combine, which could limit his role in the NFL.
Apr 14 - 12:07 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora believes Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller will be a first round pick.

It would be a great accomplishment for Fuller, who dealt with a meniscus injury to start the 2015 season, then underwent microfracture surgery, sidelining him for a number of games. Microfracture surgery is no joke, but neither is Fuller's talent. His game against Michael Thomas of Ohio State did open some eyes, perhaps in a critical way, however.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 13 - 11:20 AM

Virginia Tech edge rusher Dadi Nicolas visited the Steelers on Monday.

Penn Live's Jacob Klinger relayed word of this visit. Nicolas was among a number of prospects to visit the Steeler facilities on Monday, with Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche the biggest name in that lot. The 6-foot-3, 239-pound Nicolas achieved a rare feat during the pre-draft process -- he actually ran the 40-yard dash slower on his Pro Day than he did at the Combine. His 40 time in Indianapolis was 4.74 seconds, while he was clocked at 4.76 seconds on Pro Day. That oddity aside, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline hears that he killed it during positional drills and impressed when asked to drop into coverage. He was viewed as a possible Day 1 selection entering the 2015 campaign, but he slid out of that range after posting a down statistical season. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes that added strength and improved technique would do wonders in helping the Hokie defender adjust to the NFL.
Apr 12 - 11:01 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney notes that "scouts who once raved about [Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller] as a first-round cinch are now concerned about his durability."

Fuller has suffered major injuries each of the last two seasons, breaking his left wrist in 2014 (he actually played through that) and being waylaid by a torn meniscus early in the 2015 campaign. He is still recovering from microfracture surgery and missed both the NFL Scouting Combine and Pro Day. When healthy, the 5-foot-11, 187-pounder is "instinctive in all aspects of cornerback play, from supporting the run to sorting out pick plays," according to Cooney. Concluded the analyst, "His wrist and knee surgeries need to be checked; otherwise, Fuller should become a starting NFL cornerback."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 28 - 6:00 PM

The Roanoke Times' Andy Bitter noted that Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente has been moving the team through its practices at a rapid speed.

"Virginia Tech moved very fast, both in drills and between them. What was normally 8-minute periods last year were reduced to 5-minute periods for the time we saw. You didn't see a lot of inactivity," Bitter wrote. How, exactly, Fuente is able to transition the stodgy traditionalism of Virginia Tech's offense under legendary coach Frank Beamer to the fast, spread attack he ran at Memphis has been among the more interesting stories to track in the early going. He obviously believes speed is key not just in game-action, but also in practice. Per Bitter, "Even within the drills, the Hokies moved fast. On one particular drill that had the majority of the first-teamers, Tech rattled off 3 or 4 plays in a row, getting back to the line of scrimmage in between in probably about 10 seconds or less and snapping the ball again."
Mar 26 - 1:34 PM


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