First Hokie off the board in the NFL Draft? Mel Kiper Jr. thinks it’ll be Corey Fuller or Marcus Davis
Corey Fuller and Marcus Davis were part of the same receiving corps at Virginia Tech this year. Now, they’re battling to be the first Hokie off the board in the NFL Draft, at least in ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.‘s opinion.
In a teleconference Wednesday, Kiper tabbed Fuller and Davis as Virginia Tech’s top two draftable players come April, putting them in the third- to fourth-round range.
“It really gets down to the two receivers,” Kiper said. “Which one has the better workout? Which one do they grade higher? Based on performance, you’d say Fuller. Workouts, you’d say Davis. That makes it a tough, tough evaluation come draft day to see which one of those two Virginia Tech receivers will come off the board first.”
Kiper called Fuller the most “intriguing” of the Hokies’ draft-eligible players because of “how he came on and how he improved his draft positioning as the season went along.”
The Baltimore product went from afterthought to featured player in the Virginia Tech offense following D.J. Coles‘ injury, catching 45 passes for 815 yards and six touchdowns last year.
Those numbers were second on the team to Davis, a Virginia Beach native who caught 51 passes for 953 yard and five touchdowns. He was nine yards shy of Andre Davis‘ single-season school record for receiving yards.
Kiper predicted the 6-foot-4, 232-pound Davis will be a “workout warrior” in the lead-up to the draft but noted that he’s “still a little inconsistent catching the ball.”
Kiper has offensive tackle Nick Becton and linebacker Bruce Taylor with Day 3 grades, which puts them in the fourth- to seventh-round range.
All four of those players plus offensive tackle Vinston Painter have accepted invitations to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis from Feb. 20-26. The draft takes place from April 25-27.