Virginia Tech lost one of it’s best offensive weapons in Bucky Hodges last week to the NFL, and today their best weapon in Isaiah Ford decided it was also his time to move onto the pros. Ford announced the move on his Twitter account Monday evening.
No looking back. Thank you for everything Hokie Nation! #ProudHokie pic.twitter.com/CbipqnE7Tz— Isaiah Ford (@IAF_1) January 2, 2017
All players submit a player evaluation to see where their draft stock lies, and Ford’s evaluation was obviously good enough to where he felt comfortable leaving Blacksburg. As of right now, he has been projected as high as a late first rounder to as low as an early third rounder.
In his three years with the Hokies, Ford set nearly every team receiving record. He owns the single season records for receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns, and the career records for each of those categories as well. The former three-star recruit from Jacksonville finishes his career with 210 receptions, 2,967 yards, and 24 touchdowns. His single game high for receiving yards came last year as he posted 225 yards in the Independence Bowl against Tulsa.
This move also may have been influenced by Hodges’ decision and a potential Jerod Evans decision to move on as well. If all three players leave, the Hokies’ offense could look completely different in their opener against West Virginia at FedEx Field.
Ford represented what a Hokie is as well as anyone could. We thank Isaiah for all the memories and wish him the best of luck in the NFL. Whichever team picks him is getting a good one.