When Khalil Herbert entered the transfer portal one year ago and departed Kansas for Virginia Tech, it didn’t make the headlines. In four years at Kansas, Herbert rushed for just over 1,700 with 14 rushing touchdowns.
Those were certainly solid numbers but nothing that would make Virginia Tech fans think they had found the next Ryan Williams, David Wilson, or Kevin Jones.
However, from his first carry in his Virginia Tech debut against N.C. State back on Sept. 26, the Hokies knew they had something special.
Sure, Virginia Tech’s offensive line was outstanding in 2020. But Herbert was just as good. He finished the season with 1,182 yards, averaging 7.7 yards per attempt, eight rushing touchdowns, and one receiving touchdown. Herbert also proved to be an outstanding kickoff returner, too.
It’s important to note that Herbert essentially missed two entire games with a hamstring injury.
After his terrific season in Blacksburg, Herbert bypassed the extra year of eligibility and entered the 2021 NFL Draft. He also received an invite to the prestigious Reese’s Senior Bowl.
On Monday, the prospects weighed in. Safety Divine Deablo joined Herbert in Mobile, Alabama.
On Wednesday, several of the on-field drills began, and Herbert shined in both pass-blocking drills and receiving drills. We know he can run the ball; if Herbert can prove to be strong in pass protection and be a capable receiver, he is going to improve his already rising stock.
Check this out.
Ohio State LB Tuf Borland getting bullied by Virginia Tech RB Khalil Herbert.— Boom or Bust: The Draft Show (@BoomOrBustDraft) January 27, 2021
Borland has 4 inches and 25 pounds on Herbert. pic.twitter.com/bmgvlelCbQ
Borland is one of the top linebacker prospects in this class, and Herbert stonewalled him.
Part of being good in pass protection is a mindset. Herbert possesses that mindset.
Deablo is also having a good week. The senior safety possesses the size, athleticism, and intelligence to be a difference-maker at the next level. Reports out of Mobile suggested Deablo was calling the defense in the team portion of drills.
One player I’ve been watching closely is Virginia Tech’s CB Divine Deablo (@DeabloDivine). He’s having a really nice start to the week and had a great rep here against South Dakota State’s WR Cade Johnson who’s been having a nice week as well #TheDraftStartsInMobile pic.twitter.com/eTYVZ5IyOw— Chris Mallee (@mallee_chris_24) January 28, 2021
If Deablo can find the right defensive coordinator at the next level, he will make a lot of money.
We will keep you updated on both Herbert and Deablo throughout the rest of the week.