Scouting the Big East: Virginia Tech

The Hokies did an admirable job during the initial post-Michael Vick season and now enter the '02 campaign with a dynamite pair if running backs and a lot of solid underclassmen talent, especially on the defensive line.

Virginia Tech Hokies

On offense many are eager to see the return of Lee Suggs and how he responds after blowing his knee out last year and missing 99% of the season. As a junior in '00 Suggs displayed tremendous speed/quickness/explosion on the inside with the ability to set up defenders and make them miss with dazzling footwork. A shifty back, Suggs displays top of the line run instincts but how he returns from his injury and the results of MRI's performed in February on the inured knee will be the determining factor. Anthony Davis is an athletic left tackle that may be best at guard. Davis plays with leverage and a strong base, controlling defenders once engaged in a block, displaying tenacity throughout the action. He is a little short and does not possess the great footwork, which may precipitate a move inside. Quarterback Grant Noel has decent size and an adequate arm, but needs a lot of work on his overall game.

VT loses several quality linebackers and a pair of tackles but offer multiple terrific underclassmen prospects at defensive end. Junior Nathan Adibi really stood out to us last year both on film and when we scouted the Hokies in person. He is an athletic end that plays with speed, leverage and displays great range, making plays from all directions of the field. A fine athlete, Adibi needs to add bulk to his frame but has a large degree of upside potential to his game and could be a force in the draft when he enters. Another in that vane is a second underclassmen Jim Davis. Not a regular starter last season, Davis flashed tremendous skills and made a lot of plays up the field when inserted into the line-up. He has a little more size than Adibi and like his teammate, a good amount up upside. The final underclassmen would be Cols Colas, a speedy edge rusher that projects to outside linebacker at the next level. A duo in the VT secondary will get late round consideration. Willie Pile is a hard-hitting, run defender at safety, quick to move up the field and lay it on the line. His pass cover skills are below par, though his potential on special teams makes him attractive. With a breakout season Ronyell Whitaker could move up the boards at corner. Whitaker occasionally displays top cover skills but is shorter than one would like in an every down corner, which may segment him to a nickel position at the next level.

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