Five Hokies Compete at the NFL Combine

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The NFL Combine recently wrapped up in Indianapolis, and five Virginia Tech players took part.  The Hokies are expected to have several players taken in April’s draft, though none of them will go before the middle rounds.

Today we’ll take a look at each Tech player in the combine and assess their NFL potential.

Marcus Davis

Marcus Davis , WR, 6-3, 233

40: 4.56 seconds
Bench press: 19 reps
Vertical: 39.5 inches (#1 amongst receivers)
Broad jump: 120 inches
3-Cone: 7.15 seconds

Davis had a solid combine, though he probably would have liked to have tested a bit better in the 40.  His vertical jump shows his explosive ability.  If you are #1 in vertical jump amongst all receivers at the combine, then you are an impressive athlete.

Davis is projected to go anywhere from the mid rounds to the late rounds.  I personally feel like it will be the later rounds.  Take a look at these snippets from two scouting reports.  From NFL.com:

“Want-to as a blocker is severely lacking. Does not attack targets or lock onto smaller defenders often enough, will throw a shoulder instead of using his hands. Has lapses in concentration. Must consistently run out his routes, even when he knows he’s not the primary target.”

And this one from NFLDraftScout:

“A talented, but frustrating prospect on tape is Virginia Tech’s Marcus Davis , who is expected to test very well in Indianapolis. Effort and consistency are large issues that will be tough to overlook, but with impressive numbers in the 40-yard dash and vertical jump, Davis could prove to be worth the risk based on his athletic potential.”

I feel like NFL teams are less likely to gamble a mid-round selection on a guy whose effort and toughness are

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