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Mayock’s 1st Draft Ranking is Out: No Virginia Tech Hokies

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Mike Mayock's first cut at the pre-Combine draft grades are out, and NFL first round predictions are up. The news isn't really great for the four Hokies invited to the 2016 NFL Draft Combine. No Hokies, even Kendall Fuller, appear in Mayock's top fives.

Mike Mayock's 1st Draft List of Top Fives, no Hokies.
Mike Mayock's 1st Draft List of Top Fives, no Hokies.
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Mike Mayock's Top Five at Each Position

I have to say that it's disappointing but not surprising that there are no Hokies in the top 5 of any category reviewed by Mayock; including Kendall Fuller.  Frankly, IMHO Fuller was not ready for the NFL and should have spent a healthy year on the field with the Hokies.  In watching the Senior Bowl practice sessions, and having Luther Maddy completely disappear from the East West Shrine Game, Virginia Tech's 2016 NFL Draft stock is not looking particularly good.

Mike Mayock can be frustrating because he's usually so objective and dry that it's just business.  We as loyal Hokies want to see our guys considered in the cream of the show, but take a look at where Mayock's quality picks are coming from and you will get an idea of how far behind the power curve we are in recruiting.   Yes, the NFL Draft, who you get into the draft, and how many you get there has a huge place in the recruiting process.

2016 NFL Draft Grades for Virginia Tech:

Player

Pos

Ht

Wt

College

Grade

Fuller, Kendall

CB

6'0"

196

Virginia Tech

5.6

Maddy, Luther

DT

6'0"

298

Virginia Tech

5.2

Malleck, Ryan

TE

6'4"

243

Virginia Tech

5.1

Nicolas, Dadi

DE

6'3"

235

Virginia Tech

5.2

The first cuts of the mock first round don't look very good for the Hokies, either with only one analyst, Bucky Brooks, picking Kendall Fuller to go in the late 1st round to Kansas City.

The Combine is coming up soon.

Links to player analysis:

Kendall Fuller

Luther Maddy

Ryan Malleck

Dadi Nicholas

Their draft final stock is going to heavily depend on their Combine performances.

Interesting note: In the case of both defensive "linemen" the observation is that they are far too small for the Defensive Line at the college level, and Dadi even grades out as a Safety in the pros

GO HOKIES!!!