Tale of the ’03 and ’04 Classes Continues to Unfold

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The 2008 NFL Draft took place over the weekend, and eight Virginia Tech
players were selected. All of the players chosen came from either the 2003 or
2004 recruiting classes. This article will look at Tech’s draft picks and how
they were rated as high school recruits, as well as the 2003 and 2004 classes as
a whole. Also, how many of Tech’s 4-star recruits from those two classes have
been drafted? The answer might surprise you.

Tech’s Draft Picks, and Where they were Rated as Recruits

first Tech player taken in the draft was offensive tackle Duane
. Brown was rated the #13 player on the state by The Roanoke Times, and
if you’ll recall, he was originally a tight end. He red shirted as a tight end
at Tech, and played as a r-freshman as a tight end, even catching a touchdown
that season.

In 2005, Brown switched to right tackle two weeks into August practice. The
Hokies had a glaring need there, and Brown was getting pretty big for the tight
end spot. He went on to start two years at right tackle, and at left tackle his
senior year. He never missed a game with an injury, and he was easily Tech’s
best and most consistent lineman in 2007.

Considering where he ranked coming out of high school, would you have thought
he’d be a future first round pick? I think most of us would have said no. He had
offers from Tech, UVA and Maryland. However here we are today, and he went #26
overall to the Houston Texans. Brown is from Richmond, and was recruited by Jim

didn’t have much interest coming out of high school because he
wasn’t qualified. After showing well early in his first season at Hargrave, the
Delray Beach, FL native earned scholarship offers from Virginia Tech and
Tennessee. He was