Why Virginia Tech Had No Players Drafted for the First Time Since 1993

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Greg Stroman Virginia Tech
Greg Stroman remains the last Virginia Tech player drafted, in the 7th round in 2018. (Ivan Morozov)

The 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone, and for the first time since 1993, Virginia Tech did not have a player drafted.  It’s no coincidence that for the first time since that 1993 draft, the Hokies are coming off a losing season.

I was surprised at some of the, ummm, surprise that I saw from folks about Tech not having a player drafted.  I would have been surprised if anybody had been picked.  Yoshua Nijman was the most draftable player, but he ended the season injured for the second straight year.  Ricky Walker is an undersized (by NFL standards) defensive tackle.  The other seniors were former walk-on Steven Peoples, the oft-injured Vinny Mihota, as well as offensive linemen Kyle Chung and Braxton Pfaff. 

College football is cyclical. Nebraska didn’t have anybody drafted for the first time in 56 years. Tennessee also didn’t have anybody drafted.  The Hokies, the Cornhuskers and the Volunteers were all top 10 programs back when I first started watching college football.  Nebraska and Tennessee won National Championships, and the Hokies were just 15 minutes away from doing the same.  Yet in the 2019 draft, all three programs combined for zero draft picks.

Virginia Tech’s draft-eligible players came from the 2014, 2015 and 2016