It seems Virginia Tech does it with smoke and mirrors every season. Then again when you’re led by one of the best coaches in all of college football its’ easy to see why the program is always highly competitive. The talent they’ve put into the draft has been solid yet nothing spectacular. They had a few hits yet more than a fair share of misses. “Solid” is the best way to characterize the class of draft eligible Hokies.
Running back Ryan Williams is a nice prospect yet not the second coming as many have predicted him to be. Elusive with the ability to avoid defenders and piles, Williams has speed and quickness to break to the outside, shows a burst through the hole and creates his own yardage. He does a terrific job following blocks, keeps his feet moving on contact and works runs. Williams is also a competent receiver out of the backfield yet not a blazer carrying the ball nor a strong back on the inside. Is he a feature runner for the next level? We’ll need to watch more of him in the coming seasons before we give him that label.
Tyrod Taylor is an athletic college signal caller adept at both throwing the ball or carrying it. Patient, he buys time for receivers and shows a strong arm. An elusive ball carrier, Taylor can escape the rush then make defenders miss in the open field. As a thrower he sprays passes, forces the ball into coverage and shows minimal pocket intangibles. When it comes time to project him to the next level Taylor will be given more looks at running back versus quarterback.
Rashad Carmichael is a tough cornerback that battles with receivers throughout the route. He shows good recognition facing the action but lacks the great speed and may be best suited for a zone system.
Scouts like John Graves, an explosive one gap tackle with terrific first step quickness.
Virginia Tech Pro-Prospects