Virginia Tech Senior
PROS: Has good athleticism and speed and can run with receivers. Is willing in run support, showing ability to come up and lower the shoulder and deliver a hit. But does a nice job wrapping up and can make the stop on the edge. Plays best in off coverage and does a nice job keeping things in front of him. Flashes awareness and ability to sit in zone.
CONS: Lacks ideal hips and burst out of his breaks. Needs to polish up his footwork and technique. Doesn't always play with good awareness and ball skills, getting turned around in coverage. Gives up too much cushion at times. Needs to do a better job getting the jam when working in press coverage. Is undersized and inconsistent at times in run support. WIll miss stops in the open field because he'll take some poor angles and doesn't always break down to make tackle in space.
OVERVIEW: Tech has steadily produced a nice line of NFL defensive backs, as they've had a corner drafted since Hall in 2004 (although some moved to safety in the pros like Jimmy Williams and Macho Harris). Virgil can stick in the pros, but he might be the weakest of the bunch in terms of talent. Played field corner the past two seasons for Hokies, and typically the more experienced of the corners moves to boundary corner, but he did not, which is telilng about his ability. He was academically ineligible for their bowl game and also missed a few games early in the year due to a knee injury. Finished with just 1 pick and 2 pass breakups in 10 starts, after having 6 and 4 the previous year.
NFL FORECAST: He plays faster than he times, but you'll have a tough time convincing NFL teams of that. Because of it, like Jimmy Williams and Macho Harris, teams may be tempted to move him to safety. He'll fit best in a zone-heavy scheme since he doesn't have the hips and ball skills you like to see in a guy in man coverage. He's a good athlete, but a team is probably better off trying to bulk him up and convert him to a safety. Either way, he's likely going to have impact on special teams to stick in the pros. He's a guy that I think can make the roster as a special teams guy and then a few years down the road move up a bit on the depth chart to be a decent dime back. But he'll be a special teams player for the most part if he makes it in the league.
ATL FORECAST: Virgil isn't going to add a lot at cornerback other than being a poor man's Chris Houston who struggles even more in man coverage and to make plays. Instead the Falcons would likely have to try and bulk him up and make him an undersized safety and dime back. He'd likely be able to push for a practice squad role, but could make the roster as a fourth safety if he impresses on special teams. He doesn't have a lot of upside in Atlanta, but down the road could develop into a decent backup free safety behind DeCoud.
VALUE: For a team looking for depth and wanting to bolster its specail teams play might take a look at Virgil in the seventh round.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.