Scouting the ACC - Virginia Tech

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Would it be fair to say Virginia Tech is a bit of a diminished program? In my opinion, yes, and while they always find ways to pull an occasional upset, it’s tough to see them competing with the upper echelon in the conference anytime soon.

The program enters the season without Adonis Alexander and Mook Reynolds, two players rated as the top senior prospects from the program by league scouts. Alexander, a sixth-round selection during the supplemental draft, was graded as a potential top-40 prospect by scouts, while we stamped him with a fourth-round grade.

Reynolds, graded as a late rounder by scouts and a UDFA on our board, was recently dismissed from the program.

So who’s left?

Right now we grade junior Trevon Hill at the top of the list. Hill is very much like recent edge rushers from the Hokies program; undersized but quick, athletic and explosive. He plays with great pad level as well as balance and can bend off the edge and create havoc up the field. 

He projects as either a one-gap defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker.

Houshun Gaines is similar in size but slightly faster but isn't as good of a football player to this point.

Defensive tackle Richard Walker reminds me of Tim Settle, drafted last April by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round. Walker is an explosive tackle with nice size and athleticism but needs to properly condition himself off the field or else he will drop down draft boards -- just like Settle did.

Keep an eye on offensive tackle Yosuah Nijman, someone who really impressed me in 2016 and played reasonably well last season until he was sidelined with injury. Nijman has terrific size while showing great agility and movement skills in his game. He has growth potential and is much more than a small-area blocker.

NFL Prospects from Virginia Tech

Grade

Round

Full Name

Pos

Year

#

3.64

3rd

Trevon Hill

DE

4Jr

94

3.54

4th

Houshun Gaines

DE

4Jr

11

3.42

5th

Richard Walker

DT

5Sr

8

3.36

6th

Reggie Floyd

S

3Jr

21

3.33

6th

Yosuah Nijman

T

4Sr

69

3.18

FA

Mook Reynolds

S

4Sr

6

3.00

FA

Chris Cunningham

TE

4Jr

85

2.74

FA

Vincent Mihota

DE

5Sr

99