NFL Draft memorable for Hokies over the years

Tech has had plenty of great moments on draft day

4/26/2022 6:04:00 PM

BLACKSBURG – You have to go all the way back to 1937 for the first time a Virginia Tech football player was taken in the NFL Draft. Since then, there have been plenty of Hokies selected over the years – 159 to be exact – since Herman “Foots” Dickerson was picked by the Chicago Cardinals.

Chicago had two teams from 1920-59 – the Cardinals would leave the city while the Bears remain Chicago’s team today. The Bears most recent Virginia Tech selection was running back Khalil “Juice” Herbert in the sixth round of last year’s draft. Herbert, who was just named the Chicago Bears’ Brian Piccolo Award Rookie of the Year, was one of four Tech players to be selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.

That draft was a memorable one, as it marked just the third time in school history that the Hokies had two players taken in the first round – defensive back Caleb Farley (No. 22 overall, Tennessee) and offensive lineman Christian Darrisaw (No. 23 , Minnesota).

The other two occasions happened in 2018, when Tremaine (No. 16, Buffalo) and Terrell Edmunds (No. 28, Pittsburgh) become the first-ever brothers to accomplish the feat in NFL history, and 2004, when DeAngelo Hall (No. 8, Atlanta) and Kevin Jones (No. 30, Detroit) did so.

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Speaking of brothers, Virginia Tech is the only school that has been home to four brothers who have all been selected in the NFL Draft – the Fuller brothers. The first brother was Vincent, who was taken as a defensive back in 2005 to the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round.

Then there was a stretch of three years when the NFL Draft had a Fuller, starting with Corey (No. 171, Detroit) in 2013 at receiver in the sixth round, Kyle (No. 14, Chicago) in 2014 at defensive back in the first round and Kendall (No. 84, Washington) in 2015 at defensive back in the third round.

Tech has had two No. 1 overall draft picks in its history, with Bruce Smith being taken by the Buffalo Bills as a defensive lineman in 1985 and Michael Vick being selected by the Atlanta Falcons in 2001 at quarterback. The Hokies are one of only two schools in the ACC to produce a pair of No. 1 overall selections (Miami).

The most picks in one draft for Tech came in 2006, when a record nine Hokies were picked, headlined by two second-round selections in defensive back Jimmy Williams (No. 37, Atlanta) and defensive lineman Darryl Tapp (No. 63, Seattle ). The second-most draft selections for Tech came in both 2002 and 2008 when eight Hokies were taken.

The next wave of Hokies to hear their names called in the NFL Draft will take place this weekend, taking place from Thursday through Saturday on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. More info on the format, which Hokies are likely to be drafted and more.

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