The NFL held the first two rounds of its seven round draft on Saturday, and three Virginia Tech players were selected. All were among the first 42 of the 63 players chosen in the first two rounds.
Offensive tackle Duane Brown was the first Virginia Tech player to come off the board. He was taken in the first round with the 26th overall selection by the Houston Texas. He will join former Tech lineman Brandon Frye in Houston. Frye was taken in the fifth round by the Texans in last year’s draft.
Brown was taken a little higher than expected. Most had him pegged as a second round selection, and some as a very early second round selection. However the Texans’ offensive line has been in rebuilding mode the last few years, and Brown was the best offensive line prospect on the board when it came time for them to make their pick.
The Texans used their only pick of the first two rounds to take Brown.
Cornerback Brandon Flowers was the next Tech player selected. He was taken early in the second round, with the #35 pick overall by the Kansas City Chiefs. Flowers was considered a late-first to mid-second round pick.
He is part of a Kansas City draft that was arguably the best on the first day. The Chiefs took LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey at #5 overall, and then picked UVA offensive guard Brandon Albert at #15 overall.
Wide receiver Eddie Royal came off the board shortly after Flowers. He was selected by the Denver Broncos with the #42 overall selection of the draft. He was the fifth wide receiver taken in the draft, somewhat higher than pre-draft projections.
The final five rounds of the draft will be held tomorrow, beginning at 10am on ESPN. Eight other Hokies have a chance to be selected tomorrow, and guys like Xavier Adibi and Chris Ellis should be off the board fairly early on Sunday.