Most of the top prospects in the country were put through the paces over the past four days at the NFL scouting combine, and four former Hokies were among those that participated in Indianapolis. Here’s a rundown on how they performed:
RB David Wilson: 4.49-second 40-yard dash (T-7th amongst RBs); 41-inch vertical jump (1st among RBs, T-2nd overall at the Combine); 11 feet in broad jump (1st among RBs, 2nd overall at the Combine); 7.09 seconds in 3-cone drill (10th among RBs); 4.12 seconds in 20-yard shuttle (4th among RBs); 11.59 seconds in the 60-yard shuttle (4th among RBs).
Wilson didn’t run a 4.29-second 40-yard dash – his listed time from Virginia Tech’s winter testing last year – but he certainly didn’t hurt his draft stock at the combine Sunday. His 41-inch vertical jump and 11-foot broad jump were not only tops among running backs, but rank second overall for the entire combine.
The only downside to Wilson’s day was that Miami’s Lamar Miller – who most draft analysts believe is competing with Wilson to be the second running back taken in the 2012 NFL draft – finished first among the running backs with a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. But Wilson seemed to do his best work during on-field drills. Here’s what SI.com had to say:
“His speed was apparent in all the drills as Wilson showed a tremendous burst and the ability to turn it on in a single step. His pass-catching skills were the surprise of the afternoon. Wilson ran terrific routes, showed soft hands and did a great job catching the deep ball.”
WR Danny Coale – 4.5-second 40-yard dash (T-15th among WRs); 12 reps on bench (T-30th); 35-inch vertical jump; 115 inch broad jump; 6.69 secs in 3-cone drill (2nd); 4.15 second 20-yard shuttle; 11.22 60-yard shuttle (T-4th).
Coale didn’t wow during testing like Wilson did, but he solidified himself as a middle-round wide receiver prospect. He only finished among the top five wide receivers in two drills, but scouts were impressed with his speed and pass-catching skills. Most pointed to him as the best prospect in the gantlet drills, in which receivers run across the field catching close-range passes at rapid-fire speed. Here’s what The Sporting News had to say:
“They could create a how-to video based on Coale’s performance for next year’s young prospects. As the NFL coaches put receivers through 10 different routes from both sides of the field, Coale stood out Sunday at the Scouting Combine based on his precise route-running and soft hands. … After a strong performance at the Combine … Coale will climb up draft boards, possibly into the second or third round.
CB Jayron Hosley – 4.47-second 40-yard dash (7th); 11 reps in bench press
Hosley didn’t participate in every drill during the combine, but that didn’t take away from an impressive performance Tuesday in front of NFL scouts. Not only did Hosley post a 4.47-second 40-yard dash – the fastest among former Hokies at this year’s combine – but he also turned some heads during the football and footwork drills. Since Hosley is just 5 feet 10, showing off his speed and quickness in Indianapolis should bolster his draft stock.
“Hosley really helped himself today. A tremendous value player for someone,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said Tuesday, adding he believes Hosley could play every cornerback position and contribute on special teams next year.
WR Jarrett Boykin – 4.75-second 40-yard dash; 11 reps on bench press; 36-inch vertical jump; 10-3 in the broad jump (T-10th); 7.12 seconds in 3-cone drill; 4.28 seconds in 20-yard shuttle; 11.22 seconds in 60-yard shuttle (T-4th)
Of the four former Virginia Tech players invited to the combine, Boykin probably has the most work to do when the Hokies hold their pro day next month. The 6-3 receiver was hoping to run in the 4.5-second range in the 40-yard dash to dispel the notion that he is slow, but Boykin ended up with the slowest time among wide receivers invited to the combine. He also was not as sure-handed as Coale during pass-catching drills.