Three Virginia Tech football players were taken on the first day of the 2008 NFL Draft, being held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Offensive tackle Duane Brown (Richmond, Va.) was a bit of a surprise pick, being taken by the Houston Texans as the No. 26 overall draft pick. Brown becomes the first Hokie player to be taken in the first round since corner DeAngelo Hall (No. 8 overall, Atlanta) and running back Kevin Jones (No. 30 overall, Detroit Lions) were taken in the first round in 2004. Brown is the highest-drafted offensive lineman from Tech since Eugene Chung was taken 13th overall by New England in 1992 and becomes just the eighth first-round pick in school history.
Cornerback Brandon Flowers (Delray Beach, Fla.) was quickly taken in the second round as he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs with the fourth pick of the round, 35th overall. Flowers becomes the seventh defensive back/safety from Tech to be drafted since 2004.
Receiver/return man Eddie Royal (Herndon, Va.) rounded out the day for the Hokies as he was taken with the 11th pick of the second round (42nd overall) by the Denver Broncos. The last Tech player drafted by the Broncos was linebacker Ken Brown, who was taken in the fourth round of the 1995 Draft.
The ACC had seven players taken in the first round, including two of the top four for the third year in a row. In all, 11 players from ACC schools were taken on the first day of the Draft.
Virginia Tech’s three draftees from the first day is the second-highest total, trailing only USC’s seven.
The final day of the Draft will take place Sunday with rounds three through seven. Action will begin at 10 a.m., with coverage on ESPN.
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