Former Hokies David Wilson and Jayron Hosley aren’t prototypical NFL size for their respective positions. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay thinks that will only be an issue for one of them in the upcoming draft.
McShay, who held a teleconference Tuesday, spoke highly of Wilson’s potential to go in the first two rounds of next week’s NFL Draft but had more questions about Hosley, who he thinks has enough drawbacks to more than likely be a third-round pick.
Asked if Wilson’s size would negatively impact his draft stock, McShay said he actually thinks the ACC Player of the Year is well built. At 5-foot-10, 206 pounds, Wilson is probably not as big as a lot of teams would like as a featured back.
“He’s strong, though,” McShay said. “I sat next to him at the Sugar Bowl on the sideline and you just look at him and he’s just powerfully built. And he’s also a competitive runner. And he hates going down. I love that about his game.”
There are drawbacks in his evaluation, however. McShay said Wilson needs to improve his patience in particular.
“You see some of the highlight runs, the negative runs where he refuses to go down and loses a lot of yards. There’s a couple of those,” he said. “And then there are smaller versions of those that you just can’t have at the next level, with that kind of consistency. There is a little bit of tunnel vision in his game and I think if he can improve that aspect, he’s going to need to in order to take his game to the next level.”
McShay thinks Wilson needs to improve his pass receiving skills too but still ranks him as the fourth-best back of this year’s draft, behind Alabama’s Trent Richardson, Boise State’s Doug Martin and Miami’s Lamar Miller.
“Ultimately I think he comes off the board in round two,” he said.
Hosley, another junior who left Virginia Tech a year early, received a lower draft projection. While McShay doesn’t think Hosley’s 5-foot-10 height is much of a disadvantage — he said the average cornerback in the NFL is 5-foot-11 — being only 178 pounds is.
“He’s short and lean,” McShay said. “And when you look at it, he has short arms too. I think it’s 30-inch arms, and it’s a bigger deal than I guess people might think with the arm length. Because it just helps. The longer the arms, the more it helps, the more capable you are of going up and competing for the ball. So I do think his size will factor into his evaluation.”
McShay liked Hosley’s cover skills and instincts and said his ball skills are “obviously upper echelon,” but added that Hosley’s run support needs work.
“There are enough negatives there for him to fall to the third round,” said McShay, whose Scouts Inc. has Hosley ranked 11th among cornerbacks. “But I think there are enough positives that he won’t fall to the third day.”
The draft takes place April 26-28 in New York City, with the first round next Thursday night, the second and third rounds Friday and the remaining four rounds Saturday.