Feb 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Jarrett Boykin speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
A lot of anticipation is beginning to build for Virginia Tech football in 2012 with the release of the ACC schedule today but there are a few former Hokies who are currently in Indianapolis looking to impress scouts and coaches from the National Football League. With Jayron Hosley set to work out on Tuesday, here is a quick summary of how Jarrett Boykin, Danny Coale, and David Wilson fared in Sunday’s NFL Combine.
Jarrett Boykin had one goal in mind heading into the day and that was to prove to scouts that their concerns over his speed were overrated. Unfortunately, Boykin did anything but that when he ran the 40 in 4.74 seconds which was the slowest of all receivers who participated. He also struggled in the three-cone drill with a 7.12 second performance and the 20-yard shuttle at 4.28. Both of those times were also near the bottom of all receivers who participated. In the 60-yard shuttle, he had a bit of success as he tied his teammate Danny Coale for fourth with 11.22 seconds. He also tied for tenth in the broad jump with a leap of 10 feet, 2 inches. He also dropped quite a few passes during some of the throwing drills which put his overall performance on the day as pretty weak.
Danny Coale had a surprisingly phenomenal day. The former Hokie great surprised everyone with his 4.50 40 time that was tied for 13th among wide receivers. His speed was something many questioned entering the combine but Coale proved he does have the ability to have break end speed. He also did well in the three-cone drill where he finished second among his position in 6.69 seconds. Coale tied Boykin in the 60 yard shuttle and excelled at the throwing drills where he did not drop a single pass. Coale probably improved his stock a bit with his performance on Sunday and continues to show to the nation why Hokie nation loved him so much when he was in Blacksburg.
David Wilson may have had the best day of any of the three former Hokies. The former Tech star struggled a little bit in the 40 but still wasn’t exactly disappointing. Wilson had hoped to run in the low 4.3s but instead finished with a time of 4.49. That was good enough for seventh at his position. Wilson had the best vertical of the running backs with a stout 41 inch leap. He also won the broad jump at his position by going for 11 feet. In the 20-yard shuttle, he was third with 4.12 seconds and finished fourth in the 60-yard shuttle with 11.59. He caught the ball well which was a surprise to many because he didn’t do that much while at Tech. Overall, Wilson seemed to improve his stock and could be a potential first round pick after his performance.
The NFL Combine is something many fans can’t stand but some absolutely love. Either way, it was certain these guys all hoped to have a big day. The next step will be on March 15th when Virginia Tech will host its "Pro Day."