The NFL Draft concluded Saturday with only two Hokies being selected – receiver Corey Fuller by the Detroit Lions and offensive tackle Vinston Painter by the Denver Broncos, who both went in the sixth round.
That’s the lowest the first Hokie has come off the board since 1993, when Virginia Tech didn’t have any players selected.
The two players selected also tied for the second-fewest since 2000. Tech only had one player taken in 2009 (fifth-rounder Victor “Macho” Harris) and had two picked in 2003 (Lee Suggs in Round 4 and Willie Pile in Round 7).
That leaves a number of Virginia Tech players who didn’t get drafted and will look to latch on to team as undrafted free agents. Most notable in that group are wide receiver Marcus Davis, linebacker Bruce Taylor and offensive tackle Nick Becton.
ESPN had them among the best available remaining players at their respective positions at the end of the drat. Davis was the No. 5 remaining receiver, Taylor the No. 5 inside linebacker and Becton the No. 11 offensive tackle.
Although more difficult, it’s not impossible for those players to latch on and make a roster. In fact, Hokies receiver Jarrett Boykin did it last year with the Green Bay Packers after going on undrafted and not sticking with the Jacksonville Jaguars after a tryout.
Davis tweeted this shortly after the draft:
I will Make the best out of any situation... #keepingthefaith— Marcus Davis (@MDavis_7) April 27, 2013
I’ll keep this as a running blog post to update as free agent deals get announced or leak out, so check back.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Just got off the phone with Becton, who said he’ll get a free agent shot with the San Diego Chargers.
UPDATE, 8;14 p.m.: OLB Alonzo Tweedy signed with the New York Giants, according to this tweet by Mike Barber.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: DT Antoine Hopkins tweeted that he’ll get a chance with the Steelers.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Taylor confirmed in a direct message that he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.