end Jason Worilds, who was projected to be the first Hokie drafted in the 2010
NFL Draft, fulfilled that prediction when the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him
20th in the second round, 52nd overall. Worilds gambled by coming out after his
redshirt junior season, and the gamble paid off.
Various blogs and newspapers applauded the move, calling Worilds a
"perfect fit" for the Steelers (SportingNews.com)
and saying that he will "provide solid depth and play on special teams in
his first season." (ProFootballWeekly.com).
Worilds will have to make the transition from defensive end at Virginia Tech
to a linebacker in the Steelers’ 3-4 system, but he will have time to develop
behind veterans James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley.
The concept of the Steelers drafting a Virginia Tech defensive end with the
intent of turning him into a linebacker is not new. In 2004, Pittsburgh drafted
Tech DE Nathaniel Adibi in the 5th round and tried to turn him into an outside
linebacker. The experiment failed, and Adibi couldn’t find a find a home in the
NFL and is no longer playing professional football.
Pittsburgh also drafted Tech running back Cedric Humes in 2006.
The draft has completed rounds 1-3, and rounds 4-7 are scheduled for
Saturday. Other Hokies who stand a good chance of being drafted are offensive
tackle Ed Wang and safety Kam Chancellor.
Hokies Defeat Georgia Tech 3-1 in 11 Innings
Friday night, #20 Virginia Tech defeated #3 Georgia Tech in the first game of
a three game series in Atlanta. GT entered the series with an overall record of
33-5, and an ACC mark of 15-3. For more details, visit hokiesports.com.