Despite marginal success on the football field the Virginia Cavaliers have been steadily represented in the first round of the NFL Draft- something that will continue in 2012.  Ironically the Hokies of Virginia Tech have placed just a single prospect in round one since 2005.  That could change soon as the program boasts one of the most dominant linebackers in the nation.

Virginia

Round Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
1stChase MinnifieldCB135SrShutdown cornerback that plays with great quickness, explosion and athleticism. Opportunistic and constantly making positive plays on the ball.
2-3Oday AboushiT723JrTerrific pass blocking left tackle that comes with an upside. Plays with good mechanics, mentally aware and offers a lot of skill.
6thDevin WallaceCB283SoNice sized cornerback that flashes skill and aggressiveness. Has an upside but must complete his game.
7thCorey MoselyS475SrExplosive safety that plays with terrific speed and suddenness. Displays better than average cover skills and makes a lot of positive plays on the ball. Needs to finish off his game and stay on the field but comes with and upside.
FARodney McLeodS284SrHard-working safety really best facing the action or defending the run. Marginal ball skills and struggles in man coverage situations.
FAMatt ConrathDE945SrTall, hard-working lineman that offers potential as a physically matures and fills out his frame.
FALandon BradleyT675SrQuick, hard-working senior tackle that’s been used mostly in a reserve role. Has the size and skill to backup at the next level.
FAColter PhillipsTE894JrSolid tight end prospect that catches the ball well and gives effort blocking. Potential third-tight end at the next level.
FAAustin PasztorG634SrStrong, small area blocker that really does not play with good leverage or block with his legs.
FAAnthony MihotaC685SrExplosive, slug it out lineman that easily handles one-on-one blocking assignments in the middle of field. Best in a small area.
FACameron JohnsonOLB564SrHard-working college defensive end that shows no single outstanding physical trait in his game.
FAAaron TaliaferroILB525SrTwo down defender best against the run yet struggles making plays outside the box or against the pass.
FAJared GreenWR25SrHighly rated by us at one time, Green comes off a disappointing junior season and has not taken his game to the level we anticipated. Left the Virginia program in May.

Virginia Tech

Round Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
2ndBruce TaylorILB514JrDominant linebacker prospect that can be used at several positions. Fierce and strong against the run yet also shows a quick change of direction and the ability to pursue the action to the flanks. Solid job remaining disciplined with his coverage assignments. A good prospect with a lot of upside and someone that could be a major player in the draft down the road.
2-3Jayron HosleyCB203JrOpportunistic cornerback that also helps out returning punts. Has an explosive burst to the ball and shows great hands for the interception. He needs to brush off the rough edges of his game yet has a terrific upside.
3rdAntoine HopkinsDT564JrExplosive one gap tackle that fires through the holes up the field and shows a quick change of direction. Potential three technique lineman at the next level.
3-4Jaymes BrooksG685SrDominant small area blocker that plays with a nasty attitude. Gets a lot of movement run blocking and opens big holes for the running game.
4thNick BectonT544JrTalented underclassmen that offers size, athleticism and footwork in space.
6thChris DragerOLB335SrIntense, hard-working college prospect that played defensive end as a junior and will move to tight end this season. Has no defined NFL position yet offers a lot of intangibles.
6thDanny CoaleWR195SrTough, dependable receiver that plays smart and reliable football.
6-7Andrew LanierT725SrSolid pass protector that uses all his assets to a maximum protecting the blind side.
7thGreg NosalG755SrStrong, small area blocker that easily controls one-on-one assignments. Must do a better job blocking with his legs.
FAJarrett BoykinWR814SrTall receiver with nice size and strong hands. More of a one speed wide out that lacks top route running skills and is prone to dropping an occasional pass.
FADyrell RobertsWR114SrOne time highly rated prospect that struggled to take his game to the next level.
FABlake DeChristopherT625SrAdequate college player that could be used as an inexpensive utility lineman in the NFL.
FAEddie WhitleyS154SrWorkmanlike defensive back best in a zone system where he can face the action.
FACris HillCB95Sr
FABarquell RiversILB525Sr

Wake Forest

Round Full Name Pos#YrComments
4-5Chris GivensWR24JrQuick, reliable receiver that shows deceptive downfield speed and the ability to break games open. Offers adequate size and the go two guy with next level potential.
5thTristan DortyOLB555SrFierce, explosive and strong linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline or up the field. Lacks classic measurable’s yet plays with great intensity as well as intelligence.
6thJoe LooneyG784SrHard-working guard that moves relatively well on his feet and shows the ability to pick up blitzes. Displays good awareness and works hard to finish blocks.
6-7Cyhl QuarlesS55SrNice sized safety really best playing downhill or in the box.
7thJosh BushCB45SrVersatile defensive back that can line up at safety or cornerback. Flashes skill and has an upside yet must pull his game together.
7thKenny OkoroCB64JrWell sized cornerback that struggled with injury last year. Offers a lot of skill in his game.
FAKyle WilberDE975SrHard-working defensive end that plays with good quickness, fundamentals and intelligence. Lacks the great strength at the point of attack yet a workmanlike player that will be a solid backup in the NFL.
FADevon BrownWR35SrSmall, elusive receiver that also helps out as return specialist. Reliable and explosive. Left Wake Forest in May and will play for West Virginia this season.
FADanny DembryWR184Sr