A dominating performance by the Virginia Tech Hokies certainly showcased some future NFL Draft prospects for the Hokies. Here is what I saw out of the draft-eligible prospects this Saturday.
#13 Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
-In good position early, but out-fought on deep ball. Called for PI.
-Personal foul penalty.
-Gets in on a tackle for loss.
-Wasn’t really challenged too much in the passing game, as the VT running game was more than adequate.
-Minnifield reamins a Top 50 prospect and Top 5 cornerback.
#56 Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia
-Incredibly slow developing outside speed rush, pushed wide.
-Not very quick off the ball.
-Cut, then dropped by OG – caught off-balance.
-Absolutely stoned by LT.
-We’ve seen much better games from Johnson, he reminded us a lot of former Oklahoma DE Jeremy Beal in this game – unable to get off of blocks.
#72 Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia
-Violent initial punch catches OL off-guard.
-Nice result in protection, but got a bit upright.
-Good push in run-block, got to 2nd level as well.
-Buries the d-lineman on down block.
-Good feet, mirroring well.
-Controls man for a good six seconds, locked in with long arms.
-Recognizes stunt, picks it up quickly.
-Lays out RE with another violent punch.
-Takes a bull rush, resets and anchors, then plants defender in the ground.
-Seems to have a nice mean streak in him – really finishes.
-One of the few bright spots on the day for the Cavaliers, Aboushi will challenge for a Top 100 spot in the draft.
#20 Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
-Goes low in run support, decent tackle attempt.
-Closes fast in the flat, good tackle on RB.
-Draped on his man, but needs to get head around earlier.
-Active hitter, not afraid to stick his nose in there.
-Turns reverse back inside.
-VT’s defense was so much better than the Cavalier’s offense, it’s tough to get a great read on Hosley from this game.
-We loved his tackling ability, and he also flashed some good cover skills.
-Probably a fringe Top 10 corner right now, but could move higher.
#4 David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
-Incredibly explosive and elusive, breaks 3 tackles on first play.
-No chance on TFL by d-lineman.
-Shows explosive bursts on multiple 20+ yard TD runs on over-matched defense.
-If Wilson declares early for the draft, which we doubt that he’ll do with Trent Richardson and perhaps Lamar Miller already in, he could easily be a Top 50 selection.
Players to watch in the future:
Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech – Cam Newton-esque.
Demetrious Nicholson, CB, Virginia – Has the skills to pick up where Minnifield left off.