ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. thinking second round for David Wilson, third or fourth for Jayron Hosley
Former Hokies David Wilson and Jayron Hosley, by most accounts, had strong showings at the NFL Combine, but where they project in the upcoming NFL Draft remains in flux, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
Kiper put Wilson in the second tier of running backs, behind Alabama’s Trent Richardson, the only ballcarrier he has projected to go in the first round.
He has Wilson, who wowed in most drills at the combine, as a potential second-rounder, along with a cluster of backs that include Oregon’s LaMichael James, Boise State’s Doug Martin and Miami’s Lamar Miller. On Kiper’s list of top-five backs, Wilson is fourth, behind Richardson, James and Martin and ahead of Miller.
“You won’t know really how it’s going to play out until draft day,” Kiper said. “[Wilson] is going to have to battle those other three for that spot. The fumbling … he’s got to do better with ball security. As a talented running back with all that athletic prowess and all that potential, he’s got a chance to be really good.”
Kiper said questions still persist about Hosley after a dropoff in production from his sophomore to junior year.
“He didn’t build on that season from a couple years ago,” Kiper said. “Beaten some in coverage, didn’t always locate the ball down the field as well as you want. But he has proven to be a play-maker.”
Thought to be a first-round pick before the start of the season, Hosley’s stock isn’t as high anymore. While some believe his combine performance might get him into the second round, Kiper thinks the cornerback will go sometime in the third or fourth rounds.
“I think his stock has fallen to the point where now you’re talking Day 3,” Kiper said. “I thought maybe second round at one point. I’m thinking now maybe fourth round now. Maybe third. But I think his stock has declined a little bit over the last couple months, where Wilson has kind of maintained where he’s been.”
Kiper doesn’t have Hosley among his top-five cornerbacks. NFLDraftScout.com has Hosley ninth among the cornerbacks and projected as a second- or third-round pick.
The Hokies will have another chance to work out in front of NFL scouts, coaches and general managers at Virginia Tech’s pro day on March 15.
The NFL Draft takes place in New York from April 26-28, with the first round that Thursday, rounds two and three on Friday and rounds four through seven on Saturday.