Surprise winners of the ACC last year, the Hokies hope to comeback just as strong in 2005. The team will be led by the athleticism of Marcus Vick while the defensive side of the ball possesses several outstanding early NFL draft choices.
Scouting the ACC: Virginia Tech
Offensively we feel the top
prospect for the next level is redshirt sophomore receiver Josh Hyman.
Consistently making plays deep into the secondary, Hyman is active
and consistently finds the open spot on the field. Nicely adjusting to the throw, he works back to the
quarterback and makes himself an available target.
Needing to improve his route running skills as well as body strength,
Hyman is an outstanding prospect for the future.
The team offers a pair of running back backs with contrasting styles.
Cedric Humes is a powerful ball carrier best on the inside.
Strong, Humes breaks several tackles during a single handoff and keeps
driving up the field. Not an elusive runner who creates nor a natural receiver out
of the backfield, he offers both size and upside for the next level yet must
start to perform at a higher level. Mike Imoh is a small yet speedy ball carrier tough to bring down.
Patient, Imoh waits for blocks to develop, finding the cutback lanes and
effectively getting through the clearing. Possessing
open field running skills, he has the speed to cut the corner and though
undersized, breaks tackles with his strong lower body.
Imoh has limitations due to a lack of height yet could be a solid
situational back at the next level. Center
Will Montgomery could be one of the most underrated prospects at his
position. Getting leverage on
opponents, Montgomery quickly gets off the snap into blocks and effectively uses
angles to wall defenders from the action. Explosive
in all his actions, Montgomery has a nice center's build yet
is not a dominant blocker on the pivot. Jimmy Martin has done an outstanding job at left tackle the past few seasons yet
his ultimate NFL position could be inside at guard.
Quickly setting in pass protection, Martin effectively uses angles and
body positioning to protect the quarterbacks blindside.
Patient, he is also an intelligent lineman yet lacks footwork, adjustment
and overall blocking range.
Virginia Tech defense is full of good prospects throughout the unit.
Up front Darryl Tapp is a speedy edge rusher as well as an outstanding
athlete who could be used in a variety of roles.
Possessing excellent footwork in any direction, Tapp plays with
outstanding balance, leverage and is rarely off the off his feet.
Significantly undersized, Tapp is handled at the point by opponents and
growth limitations will reduce his draft grade.
On the inside Jonathan Lewis is the number one rated defensive
tackle on the National Scouting list, something we consider a reach.
A quick lineman with an excellent first step, Lewis displays lateral
movement skills, making plays up and down the line of scrimmage.
Keeping his pads low to the ground throughout the play, he is tenacious
and stays with the action. Though
solid, Lewis has size limitations and is really not a difference maker upfront
rather a hard working lineman who gives an honest days effort.
Junior Noland Burchette is also a leverage lineman with the ability to make plays in any direction of the field.
Another undersized lineman, he must be watched the next two years.
Outside linebacker James Anderson is a solid weak side prospect
for the next level. Hands down the
star of the defense is defensive back Jimmy Williams. Possessing outstanding size\speed numbers and terrific
athleticism, Williams is a big, strong specimen who out muscles opponents to
defend the throw. Slowing opponents
at the line of scrimmage with jams, Williams displays good footwork in any
direction and has a terrific burst of closing and recovery speed.
Doing an outstanding job facing the quarterback, he does not quickly
plant then break on the throw. Williams
is also slow locating the ball in man coverage.
Experienced at both safety and cornerback, the initial instinct will be
to use Williams as a cover man at the next level yet we think his combination of
size, enforcement skills and the ability to make plays facing the quarterback
will ultimately move him to safety in the NFL.
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