2006 Recruiting Grades: The Defense

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(Editor’s Note: This article is a collaborative effort. Chris Coleman
generated the depth charts and wrote the majority of the article; Will Stewart
added some thoughts and clarifications, plus wrote the final conclusions; Chris
and Will worked together to assign the grades.)

The offensive recruiting didn’t fare very well in part one of this series,
grading out at just a C. But on the defensive side of the ball, the Hokies inked
one of the best defensive line classes in the nation. On the strength of that
alone, the overall defensive grade will definitely be higher than a C, but how
high? And were there weaknesses in the defensive recruiting? We’ll break it down
for you and give you our take on Tech’s 2006 defensive recruiting class.

Just like with the offensive article, we’ll grade each position in terms of
the number of players signed (versus projected need), plus the quality of
players signed, and then we’ll assign an overall grade to each position. At the
end, we’ll wrap it up with an overall defensive recruiting grade.

The Defensive Line

2006
Defensive Line Depth Chart
Maroon = Senior; Orange =
Junior
; Blue = Sophomore;
Green = Freshman;
Black = 2006/New Recruit

Stud

Nose

Tackle

End
Chris Ellis – Jr. Powell – Jr. Booker – Jr. Burchette –
...