After Quiet 2024 NFL Draft, Things Look More Promising For Virginia Tech In 2025

Dorian Strong should headline a pretty strong 2025 NFL Draft class for Virginia Tech. (Ivan Morozov)

The NFL Draft came and went last week without Virginia Tech player hearing his name called, only the second time in the last 30 years that’s happened, joining the 2019 edition.

That can be looked at in a couple of ways. One, it’s a sign of the team’s depleted talent in the upper classes as a result of the dip in recruiting in the latter Justin Fuente years. Alternatively, you can point out that all the Hokies’ draftable prospects returned for another season of college. (As is typically the case, both viewpoints can be simultaneously valid.)

Ask Brent Pry if he’d rather have someone drafted or get the entire group returning and he’d of course choose the latter.

That doesn’t mean a few Hokies from this year’s draft class don’t have opportunities, particularly from the defensive tackle group. Pheldarius Payne signed as an undrafted free agent with Houston, while Norell Pollard reunited with former Hokies D-line coach Darryl Tapp with a deal in Washington.