The NFL combine starts this Saturday, February 23rd. Five players from the Virginia Tech Hokies will represent the school this year. WR Marcus Davis, OL Nick Becton, WR Corey Fuller, OL Vince Painter and LB Bruce Taylor will head to Indianapolis to work out.
The combine is a chance for players to work out and run drills for potential NFL teams. It has quickly become just as big of a spotlight as the NFL draft itself. With the rise of the NFL Network, fans across the nation can get their first looks at players with NFL measurables.
Mel Kiper has early tags for wideouts Marcus Davis and Corey Fuller. Both had impressive careers at Virginia Tech.
Marcus Davis finished the 2012 season with 51 catches for 953 yards and five touchdowns. He fell just nine yards short of individual season receiving yards record held by Andre Davis. Davis’ year could have been more impressive if he wasn’t sat during the remainder of two Virginia Tech beat downs to Bowling Green and Austin Peay. Kiper sees Davis getting drafted somewhere in the 7th round.
Corey Fuller finished the season with 43 catches for 815 yards and six touchdowns. Fuller will most likely be drafted in the 4th or 5th rounds. With a solid workout, he may go sooner. He has the advantage of football pedigree. His older brother Vincent Fuller, played 6 seasons at defensive back for the Tennessee Titans and one season with the Detroit Lions. Younger brother Kyle Fuller currently starts for the Hokies. And finally, even younger brother Kendall Fuller was arguably one of the best high school cornerback recruits to sign with Virginia Tech this season. Add all that up and NFL teams will be eager to draft Fuller and possibly his brothers(in the near future) for that matter.
Nick Becton, Vince Painter and Bruce Taylor are presumed to go undrafted. Look for them to prove critics wrong. With good workouts, players are known to sky rocket in value based on something as simple as the bench press workout.