2008 NFL Draft Preview

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This weekend is the 2008 NFL Draft, and more Hokies than ever have a chance
to be selected. Virginia Tech had a team-record nine players selected in the
2006 NFL Draft, and they have a chance to break that record in 2008. The Hokies’
crop of seniors this past year won two ACC Championships in their careers, and
was Tech’s all-time winningest class. There was a lot of talent in that group,
and that will show up this weekend.

There have been some much-needed changes
to the NFL Draft
this year. Only the first two rounds will be held on
Saturday. Teams will have 10 minutes to make their first round picks, down from
the previous time of 15 minutes. Seven minutes will be on the clock for the
second round, down from ten in previous years. These changes should make the
first day of the draft go by much faster. There will be five minutes between
picks in rounds three through seven, which is unchanged.

Eleven different Hokies have a shot to be drafted this weekend. That would be
a new Tech record, though it’s possible that a few of them won’t be drafted and
will instead fall to free agency.

Let’s take a look at Tech’s draft prospects and assess their chances of being
selected this weekend. Obviously projecting the draft is not an exact science,
especially for the later rounds, but here’s a general summary of Tech’s
prospects.

Brandon Flowers, CB

Brandon
Flowers is a talented player in a very deep pool of cornerbacks this year. He
didn’t blow scouts away with his 40 time (4.55), but he wasn’t expected to.
Anyone who watches film on Flowers will see that he’s one of the best, if not the
best player at his position in this year’s draft.

However, that 40 time will scare some teams off, especially those who like to
lock their cornerbacks into man-to-man coverage with opposing wide receivers.
Flowers is the best fit in a Cover 2 scheme, with safety help over the top. In
that system, he’s allowed to read and use his outstanding instincts.

Some teams

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