Friday Q&A: July 30, 2010

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Who is Virginia Tech’s best pro prospect? Will we see Shane Beamer on the
coaching staff at Virginia Tech one day? What is 2010’s biggest trap game, and
which players from the 2008 recruiting class will have a chance to perform in
the limelight for the first time? Those are the topics of discussion for today’s
Friday Q&A.

If you’ve got any interesting questions, shoot them my way at [email protected].
We plan to have a Q&A on every Friday during the month of August in
anticipation of another great football season.

1) Besides Ryan Williams, who is the best NFL prospect on the Virginia Tech

Chris Coleman: Good question. Just to narrow it down a little bit, I’m
only going to consider Tech’s starting lineup. The younger players are just too
hard to project at this point. You never really know how much they are going to

I really like Virginia Tech’s two starting cornerbacks, Rashad Carmichael and
Jayron Hosley. Carmichael has to be considered one of the top seven or eight
cornerbacks in America, as far as I’m concerned. He’s a little slight of frame,
but he has terrific speed and excellent coverage ability. He is also a lot more
physical in the running game than he looks like he would be.

Carmichael finished last season with six interceptions, yet was only
Honorable Mention All-ACC. He’s very much an unknown on a national level, though
he’s very well-known to NFL scouts. He is currently projected as a second or
third round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, and I think with his speed and an
excellent senior season he could potentially move up a little bit.

Tech’s other starting cornerback is true sophomore Jayron Hosley. It’s much
too early to project him at the next level, but he’s much further along at this
point than Carmichael was in his second year in the program. Keep an eye on his
development, because I think he’s going to be a very high draft pick when the
time comes as well. He has a lot of natural football ability.

2) Some youth on our coaching