Boykin and Coale, who rewrote Virginia Tech’s receiving records during their careers in Blacksburg, received their invitations last month. Wilson and Hosley, meanwhile, are part of a record 65 underclassmen that declared for the 2012 NFL draft. Only 55 received invitations to the combine, though.
All four former Hokies could improve their draft stock with an impressive showing in front of NFL personnel.
Wilson, who gained a school-record 1,709 rushing yards this past season, is seen as the second- or third-best running back in this year’s draft field depending on what draft guru one listens to. He could be picked in the first or second round.
Hosley said after the Sugar Bowl that the NFL draft advisory board told him he could go in the first or second round, but he could slip lower after he struggled at times this year. Hosley did, however, lead the country with nine interceptions in 2010.
Coale and Boykin are both seen as late-round picks or possibly undrafted free agents, and each must prove to scouts that they are athletic enough to play wide receiver in the NFL.
Safety Eddie Whitley, tight end Chris Drager and offensive linemen Blake DeChristopher, Jaymes Brooks and Greg Nosal were among the Hokies’ players eligible for the draft who did not receive an invite to the combine.
But this year, the NFL is holding eight regional combines that those not invited to the main scouting combine can attend. The closest one to Blacksburg takes place this Saturday in Baltimore. Select participants will then get an invitation to a super regional combine in Detroit next month.
Virginia Tech will also hold its pro day for NFL scouts on March 15.