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Virginia Tech Hokies in the 2018 NFL Draft: Brandon Facyson

Brandon Facyson has been attracting pro attention since his Freshman debut. He has overcome a serious series of leg injuries to attract 5/6 round draft attention. We are wishing him all the best. Brandon is all Hokie!

Senior Day for Brandon Facyson
John Schneider - SB Nation

It’s hard to remember a Hokie football team that didn’t have Brandon Facyson’s name on the roster. In 2012 Facyson was named the All-Region 4B-AAAAA first team at cornerback after his final season at Northgate High in Newnan, GA. Brandon’s tenure in #DBU started off the 2013 season with an amazing Freshman debut. He started 9 of the 12 games that he played. Besides excellent pass defended/broken up numbers (8/13) he also grabbed five interceptions. Just that alone will attract some serious attention from the next level.

Then some disaster struck, and his 2014 season ended three games in with a serious stress injury to his left shin in the 2014 Spring game. The problem went from bad to worse, and finally ended his season. In December, he broke the same leg, and consequently received an eligibility waiver from the NCAA. Brandon would have to spend the bulk of the remainder of the 2015 off-season rehabbing his leg and building strength. He was ready for the 2015 season, and managed a solid season with 10 passes defended, and 31 total tackles.

Brandon’s 2016 effort seems to be looked on as his signature year. He played all 14 games, had 48 tackles, 11 passes defended, and 4 tackles for loss. He was a mainstay of the defensive backfield, and presented some interesting dilemmas for the opposing quarterbacks when throwing in his direction.

For some reason, 2017 doesn’t get huge notice. He missed a couple of games due to a wrist injury, but improved his technique greatly, registered 19 tackles, with 2 for a loss. He had five passes defended (Which sort of shows that people were throwing other places… sometimes a reputation can hurt your numbers.)

The NFL scouting report grades him at a 5/6 5.22 which is above average and enough to attract some serious attention for grabbing good deals in late rounds. The observations about his pluses and minuses, I cannot argue with. Brandon still gets a bit behind plays, and has real trouble getting his head cranked around so that he can see the ball. Last season there were several pass plays that he covered where if he had just gotten his head turned around that he’d have picked off the underthrown ball. We shall see.

Good Luck Brandon!! GO HOKIES!!!