How Virginians Have Fared In Recent NFL Drafts

Terrell and Tremaine Edmunds were both selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. (Virginia Tech athletics)

The NFL Draft was in late April, and six players who played high school football in the state of Virginia were selected. That didn’t seem like a lot to me, so I decided to run the numbers for the last five NFL Drafts.

A total of 42 players from the Commonwealth have been selected since the 2018 NFL Draft. I’ll list them all below, where they went to college and which city/county they are from. After the listings, we’ll see talk about what the data tells us.

For research for this article, I used MaxPreps for the 2019-22 draft classes and this article for the 2018 draft. The players are listed in the order they were drafted.

2022 (6)

LB Brandon Smith, Penn State, Louisa County
P Jordan Stout, Penn State, Russell County
TE James Mitchell, Virginia Tech, Wise County
OT Luke Tenuta, Virginia Tech, Albemarle County
DT Curtis Brooks, Cincinnati, Danville
CB Nazeeh Johnson, Marshall, Winchester*

*Johnson is from West Virginia but attended high school just across the border in Winchester.

2021 (6)

LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame, Hampton
DL Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest, Roanoke
DE Patrick Jones II, Pitt, Chesapeake
OL Josh Ball, Marshall, Stafford County
WR Dazz Newsome, North Carolina, Hampton
WR Michael Strachan, Charleston (WV), Lynchburg*

*Strachan is from the Bahamas but attended high school in Lynchburg.

2020 (5)

OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville, Henrico County
DE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State, Fredericksburg
DE Darrell Taylor, Tennessee, Hopewell
S K’Von Wallace, Clemson, Henrico County
WR Joe Reed, Virginia, Charlotte County

2019 (10)

DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson, Richmond
CB Juan Thornhill, Virginia, Campbell County
OG Nate Davis, Charlotte, Loudoun County
WR Gary Jennings, Jr., West Virginia, Stafford
OG Phil Haynes, Wake Forest, Lynchburg*
OT Justin Skule, Vanderbilt, Clifton
WR Travis Fulgham, Old Dominion, Loudoun County
QB Trace McSorley, Penn State, Loudoun County
CB Tim Harris, Virginia, Richmond
S Nick Scott, Penn State, Fairfax County

*Haynes grew up in North Carolina but transferred to Virginia Episcopal as a junior to reclassify.

2018 (15)

LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech, Pittsylvania County
S Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech, Pittsylvania County
CB MJ Stewart, North Carolina, Arlington
DT Derrick Nnadi, Florida State, Virginia Beach
LB Oren Burks, Vanderbilt, Fairfax County
DE Jayln Holmes, Ohio State, Norfolk
WR DaeShawn Hamilton, Penn State, Stafford County
DE Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama, Prince William County
DE Josh Sweat, Florida State, Chesapeake
DE Andrew Brown, Virginia, Chesapeake
DT Tim Settle, Virginia Tech, Manassas
OG Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech, Fauquier County
S Kamrin Moore, Boston College, Arlington County
RB Trenton Cannon, Virginia State, Hampton
CB Greg Stroman, Virginia Tech, Manassas