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Hokies, ACC Good in the NFL Draft
by Chris Coleman,

The ACC generally does very well in April's NFL Draft, and this year was no exception. The conference had 33 players selected in the draft, which featured a total of 252 picks. The Hokies led the way in the ACC with eight players chosen.

In fact, if you believe the NFL Draft numbers, Virginia Tech was clearly the most talented team in the ACC last year, and it's not even close.

ACC Schools in the NFL Draft

Team Picks

Virginia Tech


Boston College


Florida State


Georgia Tech






Wake Forest




North Carolina


NC State






No one else in the conference had more than three selections. Florida State and Miami, who were once major factors in the NFL Draft, especially in the first round, let the conference down this year. Each team had just three players drafted.

Florida State had a third round pick, a fifth round pick and a sixth round pick. Other seniors like Shannon Boatman, Jacky Claude, De'Cody Fagg, Roger Williams and David Overmyer were not selected. No wonder the Hokies beat the 'Noles by 19 points last year; the talent just wasn't there for FSU.

Miami had players drafted in the first, second and third rounds. They had a few star quality players, but not the depth. Seniors such as Kyle Wright, Glenn Sharpe, Derrick Morse, Teraz McCray, Darnell Jenkins and Andrew Bain were not drafted. The Hokies totally outclassed the 'Canes on the field last year. In the past Tech beat Miami because they had better coaching and more discipline. In 2007, you can add "better players" to that list as well.

The ACC, mostly thanks to the Hokies, held up well against the other BCS conferences in the draft.

NFL Draft Picks, by Conference
Conference Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Rounds 4-7 Total


6 2 8 19 35


6 5 3 20 34


7 4 5 17 33

Big 12

1 7 3 18 29

Big Ten

4 4 5 15 28

Big East

2 2 3 12 19

The ACC finished third, just behind the SEC and Pac-10. USC was to the Pac-10 what the Hokies were to the ACC. The Trojans had 11 players taken in the draft, nearly a third of the total of the entire conference.

Things get even more interesting when we look at the trends of the past three years.

NFL Draft, 2006-08
Conference 2006 2007 2008 Total


51 31 33 115


37 41 35 113

Big Ten

41 31 28 100

Pac 10

32 28 34 94

Big 12

28 28 29 85

Big East

11 16 19 46

Thanks to their amazing weekend in the 2006 NFL Draft, the ACC has had more players selected than any other BCS conference over the last three years. In 2006, the ACC had 51 players drafted, including an amazing 12 in the first round.

The total number of draft picks has slipped in the last couple of years, but it was still good enough to tie for second in 2007, and to finish third in 2008. There is definitely talent in the ACC.

Which brings us to the question: why has ACC football been arguably the worst of any BCS conference over the past couple of years? Well, it wasn't in 2005, when it featured 51 2006 Draft picks, plus future picks in 2007 and 2008. Think about it. In 2005, the ACC had 115 future NFL Draft picks playing on its teams, more than any other conference. 2005 was a good year for the league.

2006 and 2007, not so much. It's understandable, because losing 51 draft picks from the 2005 season is quite a bit. In fact, the second highest total of draftees from one conference over the past year is 41. That's how far ahead of the pack the ACC's NFL talent level was during the 2005 season. There has to be some dropoff.

However, what's discouraging is that the dropoff looks like it will continue. On paper, 2008 ACC football is going to be very bad. The Hokies will be the clear choice to win the Coastal Division, despite losing so many excellent seniors. That's how watered down the rest of the Coastal Division is.

When ACC expansion took place, most people expected the new conference to be hitting its peak right about now. Instead, it's been going backwards. Contrast that to the Big East, which everyone expected to drop off the map. Although the Big East still doesn't have the overall talent of the ACC, its number of draft picks has steadily increased each year.

Hopefully the ACC will pull off the unexpected and have a great 2008 football season. Pass - Your Ultimate Ticket to Hokie Sports!

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Perez-Means' Versatility Draws Recruiters
May 9, 2008
Duan Perez-Means got it done for Hermitage (Richmond, VA) on both sides of the ball in 2007, accounting for four defensive touchdowns and one safety from the defensive end spot and totaling 22 receptions including eight touchdowns at wide receiver. The junior's versatility is what has drawn much interest from Division 1A programs, including official scholarship offers from Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Hokies Advance in ACC Softball
May 8, 2008
The #2 seed Virginia Tech softball team overcame an uncharacteristically shaky outing from star pitcher Angela Tincher, downing #7 seed Maryland 7-4 in Tech's first game in the 2008 ACC softball tournament. The Hokies advance to play #3 seed Florida State on Friday.

Offer Profile: Concord (DE) WR Justin Brown
May 8, 2008
Virginia Tech is one of 15 Division 1 programs to offer an official scholarship to Concord High School (Wilmington) standout Justin Brown, who is one of the top 2009 class prospects in the state of Delaware. At 6-3, 205 pounds, Brown possesses a nice combination of size and athleticism.

Hokies' APR Scores Improving, but Still Trailing ACC
May 8, 2008
The NCAA released the latest round of APR (Academic Progress Report) scores on Tuesday, and although Virginia Tech improved in almost every sport, they still rank near the bottom of the ACC in many of the important categories. The Hokies are dead last in baseball, and the football program doesn't appear to be close to climbing out of the cellar.

TSL Audio: The Final Word, 5/7/08
May 8, 2008
Free Audio Feature: On Wednesday's show, "The Final Word With George Hunsicker", Chris and George talked about Chris's article from Tuesday, "Two Years into New Regime, Hokies Facing Recruiting Challenges." They discussed Hokie recruiting strategies, how the coaching staff approaches recruiting, and other interesting topics (WMA format, compatible with Windows Media Player and MP3 players, 3.3 MB, 14:13).

Coles Working Towards Virginia Tech
May 8, 2008
In Goochland (VA) star D.J. Coles, Virginia Tech signed a 4-star prospect who boasts terrific size - he is now 6-4, 210 pounds - and terrific speed (his coach says he has run the 40-yard dash in less than 4.4 seconds). Coles' talent certainly is not a question. What is the question is when he will arrive at Virginia Tech, and this is something that is still up in the air.

2008 ACC Softball Tournament Begins Today
May 8, 2008
The Virginia Tech softball team will be looking to defend their ACC Championship beginning this afternoon. The 2008 ACC Softball Tournament starts today, and the Hokies are the #2 seed.

Hokies Targeting Moore
May 7, 2008
6-2, 205-pound quarterback Clayton Moore had a terrific 2007 season, showing off ability as well as toughness in leading Louisville High School (MS) to a state championship crown. On the year, the talented junior signal caller totaled 3,890 yards of offense, including 3,046 yards passing and 844 yards rushing. He accounted for 40 touchdowns including 30 passing and 10 rushing.

Two Years into New Regime, Hokies Facing Recruiting Challenges
May 6, 2008
Thanks to changes in Virginia Tech's recruiting strategies over the last several years, the annual Top Gun Award is no longer valid, and we have quit awarding it. However, that's not stopping us from taking a look at recruiting since the Hokies' last major staff overhaul, following the 2005 season. Who is holding his own, and who is not? And finally, is the offensive or defensive staff having more success on the recruiting trail?

A Third 1A Talent Lands at Deep Run
May 6, 2008
Add a third big-time junior to Deep Run High School's varsity football roster. Last month, 6-0, 195-pound athlete Jordan Love, a standout defensive back/running back/wide receiver, transferred in to the Glen Allen, Virginia, high school and will join fellow top juniors Antone Exum and Jake Snyder on the Wildcats squad next season.

Catching up with PF DeShawn Painter
May 5, 2008
6-9, 210-pound junior power forward DeShawn Painter plans to finish out this school year at Booker T. Washington (Norfolk, VA), but the talented low post prospect is taking his game elsewhere in 2008/2009. Painter plans to play next season for head coach Kevin Keatts at Hargrave Military Academy.
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