Virginia Tech Hokies
2020 NFL Draft Prospects
Reggie Floyd, S
Career Snapshot: Appeared in 12 games as a freshman in 2016, recorded one tackle. Broke out in 2017, posing 72 tackles, third on the team, and also had three tackles for a loss and three interceptions. Was second on the team with 88 tackles and tied for second with 9.5 tackles for a loss in 2018. Also added two interceptions. Was third on the team in 2019 with 69 tackles and had one tackle for a loss.
Positives: Tough run-defending safety who is best playing downhill. Breaks down well, keeps the action in front of him and fires up the field to defend the run. Forceful, hard-hitting and possesses a solid closing burst. Stays with coverage assignments and works to make positive plays.
Negatives: Struggles to cover slot receivers. Occasionally makes his first move up the field and gets caught out of position. Possesses marginal ball skills.
Analysis: Floyd is a one-dimensional, run-defending safety who could be used as a traditional strong safety and play on coverage units.
Dalton Keene, TE
Career Snapshot: Played in 13 games as a freshman in 2017 and caught ten passes for 167 yards. Bumped his numbers up to 28 catches for 341 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore. Finished career with 21 catches for 240 yards but was second on the team with five touchdown receptions.
Positives: Athletic tight end with huge upside. Terrific pass catcher who quickly releases into pass routes, extends his hands and comes away with the difficult reception. Uses his frame to shield away defenders and sacrifices his body to make the catch. Nicely adjusts to the errant throw and makes the reception in stride. Shows great route discipline. Snatches the ball away from his frame, works hard after the catch and plays like a receiver. Bends his knees, blocks with proper pad level and gives effort as a blocker. Displays outstanding blocking vision, stays square and stays with assignments.
Negatives: Really doesn’t play to his 40 time or show the ability to consistently stretch the seam. Gathers into blocks and isn’t very explosive. Has a thin build.
Analysis: Keene was a surprise entry into the draft, but he turned in some outstanding testing numbers at the combine. He has the underlying skills to be a No. 2 tight end at the next level, but he must quickly transfer his athleticism onto the football field and play to his computer numbers.
DeShawn McClease, RB
Career Snapshot: Rushed eight times for 27 yards in only game appearance in 2016 before redshirting. Came back to lead the Hokies in rushing in 2017 with 530 yards on 108 carries with three touchdowns. Added nine catches for 66 yards.
Was second on the team in 2018 with 433 yards on 96 carries with two touchdowns. Added eight catches for 95 yards. Back to the leading rusher in 2019 with 843 yards and seven touchdowns on 177 carries. Also had 11 catches for 70 yards.
Positives: Undersized ball carrier who plays with a rough-and-tumble style. Consistently runs north and south, grinds it out on the inside and breaks tackles to pick up yardage off initial contact. Works runs, displays himself as a solid pass catcher and keeps his head on a swivel as a blocker.
Negatives: Gets in trouble when he tries to run east and west. Lacks the speed and quickness to turn the corner. Marginally productive until last season.
Analysis: McClease was a hard-working college running back, but he’s a bit of an enigma as a tough inside ball carrier with scatback size. His inability to turn the corner or create yardage will make it difficult for him to find a spot at the next level.
Ryan Willis, QB
Career Snapshot: Transferred to Virginia Tech from Kansas. Played two seasons at Kansas, starting eight games as a freshman and throwing for 1,719 yards and nine touchdowns. Had 811 passing yards and three touchdowns in seven games as a sophomore.
Sat out 2017 while transferring to Virginia Tech. Threw for 2.716 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Eventually lost his starting job during the 2019 season for Hendon Hooker, finishing with 906 yards nine touchdowns and five interceptions in five games.
Positives: Nice-sized quarterback with next-level physical tools. Possesses a big-time arm, throws with an over-the-top delivery and drives passes downfield with a flick of his wrist. Patient in the pocket, shows the ability to elude pass rushers and throws effectively on the move. Keeps his eyes downfield and identifies the open wideout. Puts touch on passes when necessary.
Negatives: Late with his throws and must improve his accuracy. Can be all over the place with passes. Does not sense the rush, often releases the ball off his back foot and puts the ball up for grabs.
Analysis: Willis was graded as a potential late-round pick entering the season, but he was inconsistent and didn’t show much progress. He possesses the physical skills to play at the next level, but he needs a lot of work from the ground up. At the very least, I could see Willis being placed on a practice squad for future development.
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