Record Nine Hokies Drafted

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Virginia Tech had six more players drafted Sunday in the 2006 NFL Draft, giving the Hokies a team-record nine
draftees in all. Furthermore, the Hokies accomplished that feat without one of their most talked about draft-eligible
players being selected. When the dust had settled, Marcus Vick was not selected, but on day two of the draft, calls went
out to Jeff King , Jonathan Lewis , Justin Hamilton , Jimmy Martin , Will Montgomery, and Cedric Humes .

The nine total Hokie selections tops 2002, when eight Tech players were selected. This is the 13th year in a row and
18th in the last 20 that Hokies have been selected in the draft. The nine Tech selections exceeded the total number of
Hokies taken in the entire decade of the 1970’s (eight Hokies taken in the 70s), back when the draft had 17 rounds
(1970-76) and 12 rounds (1977-79). The modern NFL Draft only has seven rounds.

Adding in the three selections on the first day, here are the Hokies who were drafted and the teams that selected
them.


Player

Team
Round (Pick) Overall Pick
Jimmy Williams Atlanta 2nd (5) 37
Darryl Tapp Seattle 2nd (31) 63
James Anderson Carolina 3rd (24) 88
Jeff King Carolina 5th (23) 155
Jonathan Lewis Arizona 6th (8) 177
Justin Hamilton Cleveland 7th (14) 222
Jimmy Martin San Diego 7th (19) 227
Will Montgomery Carolina 7th (26) 234
Cedric Humes Pittsburgh 7th (32) 240

Of the nine players featured in TSL’s
draft preview
, eight were selected, with Vick being the only highlighted player not chosen. Justin Hamilton was
listed in the “Other Prospects” section but wound up being the sixth Hokie taken.

As the 255th and last pick — “Mr. Irrelevant” — was being made by the Oakland Raiders, the crowd in
attendance was chanting “Marcus Vick,” but Vick’s name wasn’t called. The Raiders disappointed the crowd by
selecting wide receiver Kevin McMahan from Maine.

Around the ACC, 51 total players were selected, easily topping last year’s 36 (including Boston College). The Hokies tied for the ACC lead with
nine players taken. Miami also had nine taken, and it was the 12th year in a row the Canes had a player selected in the
first round. Florida State had eight, including a league-high four in the first round. NC State had six draft picks,
including three first-rounders and the #1 pick overall in DE Mario Williams. At the bottom of the league, for the second
year in a row, Duke had no players selected and Wake Forest had just one.


ACC Team
Draftees
Players Taken (Round)
Boston College 3 DE Mathias Kiwanuka (1)
OT Jeremy Trueblood (2)
WR Will Blackmon (4)
Clemson 3 CB Tye Hill (1)
QB Charlie Whitehurst (3)
DE Charles Bennett (7)
Duke 0 n/a
FSU 8 LB Ernie Sims (1)
DE Kamerion Wimbley (1)
DT Brodrick Bunkley (1)
CB Antonio Cromartie (1)
WR Willie Reid (3)
RB Leon Washington (4)
LB AJ Nicholson (5)
S Patrick Watkins (5)
Georgia Tech 3 LB Gerris Wilkinson (3)
RB PJ Daniels (4)
S Dawan Landry (5)
Maryland 3 TE Vernon Davis (1)
LB D’Qwell Jackson (2)
CB Gerrick McPhearson (7)
Miami 9 CB Kelly Jennings (1)
LB Rocky McIntosh (2)
WR Sinorice Moss (2)
ATH Devin Hester (2)
OT Rashad Butler (3)
OT Eric Winston (3)
LB Leon Williams (4)
DT Orien Harris (4)
CB Marcus Maxey (5)
North Carolina 1 DT Chase Page (7)
NC State 6 DE Mario Williams (1)
DE Manny Lawson (1)
DT John McCargo (1)
LB Stephen Tulloch (4)
TE TJ Williams (6)
S Marcus Hudson (6)
Virginia 5 OT D’Brickashaw Ferguson (1)
OT Brad Butler (5)
WR Marques Hagans (5)
RB Wali Lundy (6)
PK Kurt Smith (6)
Virginia Tech 9 CB Jimmy Williams (2)
DE Darryl Tapp (2)
LB James Anderson (3)
TE Jeff King (5)
DT Jonathan Lewis (6)
S Justin Hamilton (7)
OT Jimmy Martin (7)
C Will Montgomery (7)
RB Cedric Humes (7)
Wake Forest 1 Ryan Plackemeier (7)
Total Selections 51
(last yr: 36)
Per-Team Average 4.25
(last year: 3.00, including BC)
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