After years of having multiple players selected in the NFL Draft, a surprising development in the 2009 April spectacle was that Virginia Tech, a program universally recognized as a destination for top talent, produced just one player that was drafted, defensive back Macho Harris, who was taken in the fifth round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Despite the lack of talent drafted last year, Virginia Tech has a wealth of premiere prospects lined up for this season, and Scout.com has confirmed that representatives from the Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars got a sideline view of the assembled this past week.
The senior prospects scouts were interested in analyzing were safety Kam Chancellor, cornerback Stephan Virgil, guard Sergio Render, offensive tackle Ed Wang, defensive tackle Cordarrow Thompson, safety Cody Grimm, tight end Greg Boone, safety Dorian Porch and punter Brent Bowden.
But while one eye is focused on the senior talent, scouts couldn’t help but notice the Hokies’ best overall prospect, junior defensive end Jason Worilds. Widely considered among the most dominant pass rushers in the nation, Worilds’ breakout sophomore season - where he amassed 62 tackles, 18.5 for a loss and eight sacks - has NFL executives excited to see what the 6-foot-2, 252-pound athletic phenomenon can do now that teams have a full season of film on him.
Worilds compares favorably to former Florida State defensive end Everette Brown, who was drafted in the second round this past April by the Carolina Panthers. Worilds is an outstanding athlete who possesses elite strength and speed that make him difficult to defend off the edge. He plays with a high motor and always seems to apply pressure on the quarterback. He has to work on his technique and develop a larger repertoire of moves, but his athleticism and relentlessness make him stand out over any other Virginia Tech player.To see where Scout.com ranks this year’s Virginia Tech prospects, check out Scout.com’s 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.
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