Three Tech players taken in 2005 NFL Draft

April 25, 2005

Tech players drafted under Beamer
2005 (3)
Eric Green, third round (75th overall), Arizona
Vincent Fuller, fourth round (108th overall), Tennessee
Jon Dunn, seventh round (217th overall), Cleveland

2004 (5)
DeAngelo Hall, first round (eighth overall), Atlanta
Kevin Jones, first round (30th overall), Detroit
Jake Grove, second round, (45th overall), Oakland
Ernest Wilford, fourth round (120th overall), Jacksonville
Nathaniel Adibi, fifth round (145th overall), Pittsburgh

2003 (2)
Lee Suggs, fourth round (115th overall), Cleveland
Willie Pile, seventh round (252nd overall), Kansas City

2002 (8)
André Davis, second round (47th overall), Cleveland
Ben Taylor, fourth round (111th overall), Cleveland
Kevin McCadam, fifth round (148th overall), Atlanta
David Pugh, sixth round, (182nd overall), Indianapolis
Bob Slowikowski, sixth round (211th overall), Dallas
Chad Beasley, seventh round (218th overall), Minnesota
Derrius Monroe, seventh round (224th overall), New Orleans
Jarrett Ferguson, seventh round (251st overall), Buffalo

2001 (3)
Michael Vick, first round (1st pick), Atlanta
Cory Bird, third round (91st overall), Indianapolis
Matt Lehr, fifth round (137th overall), Dallas

2000 (5)
John Engelberger, second round (35th overall), San Francisco
Ike Charlton, second round (52nd overall), Seattle
Corey Moore, third round (89th overall), Buffalo
Anthony Midget, fifth round (134th overall), Atlanta
Shyrone Stith, seventh round (243rd overall), Jacksonville

1999 (2)
Pierson Prioleau, fourth round, San Francisco
Derek Smith, fifth round, Washington

1998 (4)
Todd Washington, fourth round, Tampa Bay
Gennaro DiNapoli, fourth round, Oakland
Ken Oxendine, seventh round, Atlanta
Marcus Parker, seventh round, Cincinnati

1997 (4)
Jim Druckenmiller, first round, San Francisco
Torrian Gray, second round, Minnesota
Antonio Banks, fourth round, Minnesota
Cornell Brown, sixth round, Baltimore

1996 (2)
Bryan Still, second round, San Diego
J.C. Price, third round, Carolina

1995 (2)
Antonio Freeman, third round, Green Bay
Ken Brown, fourth round, Denver

1994 (3)
Tyronne Drakeford, second round, San Francisco
John Burke, fourth round, New England
Jim Pyne, seventh round, Tampa Bay

1992 (5)
Eugene Chung, first round, New England
Will Furrer, fourth round, Chicago
Damien Russell, sixth round, San Francisco
William Boatwright, seventh round, Philadelphia
John Granby, 12th round, Denver

1991 (1)
Al Chamblee, 12th round, Tampa Bay

1990 (2)
Roger Brown, eighth round, Green Bay
Jock Jones, eighth round, Cleveland

1988 (3)
Steve Johnson, sixth round, New England
Victor Jones, 12th round, Tampa Bay
Carter Wiley, 12th round, Atlanta

1987 (2)
Curtis Taliaferro, eighth round, Atlanta
Eddie Hunter, eighth round, N.Y. Jets
Three Virginia Tech football players were selected by various teams in the 2005 NFL Draft held this past weekend (April 23-24th) in New York City. This year marked the 12th consecutive year that a Tech player has been drafted.

Eric Green, a cornerback from Clewiston, Fla., was the highest Tech player selected, going in the third round of the seven-round draft to the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona selected him with the 75th overall pick in the draft, and Green served as Arizona' second defensive back draftee, joining former Florida prep standout and former Miami Hurricanes defensive back Antrel Rolle, whom Arizona took in the first round.

"I couldn't be happier about it," Green said. "I went out there and trained before the Combine [in February] and I fell in love with the place. I told my mom that wherever I get drafted, I'm going to have to get a house in Arizona. The weather was great and I'm happy about that, being a Florida guy.

"Then, to be out there, with Antrel, that's going to be good. I've known him for a long time and we're good friends. It's going to be exciting for both of us."

Arizona's coaching staff expects Rolle to start at the left cornerback spot and for Green to compete at the right cornerback position. Green, at the least, figures to be the Cardinals' nickel back.

"I'm going to go in and compete," Green said. "It's all about business now. I feel like I've got a lot to prove."

Fuller, also a defensive back, went in the fourth round to the Tennessee Titans, who took him with the 108th overall pick. The Baltimore native projects as a safety, but figures also to see time at cornerback in the Titans' nickel package.

Dunn, an offensive lineman from Virginia Beach, Va., went in the seventh round to the Cleveland Browns, who took him with the 217th overall selection. Dunn, who stands 6foot-7 and weighs more than 330 pounds, joins former Tech players André Davis, Lee Suggs and Ben Taylor in Cleveland.

Several Tech players off this year's squad inked free-agent deals. Quarterback Bryan Randall, the ACC's player of the year, signed with the Atlanta Falcons and Jim Davis, a defensive lineman, signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Also, long snapper Travis Conway signed a free-agent deal with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Green, Fuller and Dunn became the 54th, 55th, and 56th players drafted by NFL teams since Frank Beamer became the head coach at Tech in 1987.