Jason Worilds was one of five Tech players to be drafted by an NFL team when he went in the second round to the Pittsburgh Steelers in this past weekend’s 2010 NFL Draft. The Steelers took him with the 20th pick in the second round and the 52nd pick overall in the draft.
With five players being drafted, that brings the total to 80 players drafted since Tech head coach Frank Beamer took over in 1987.
“With the draft, you’re happy for the ones who got drafted and you feel like there are some more who should have gotten drafted,” Beamer said. “The reality is when it gets to be in the later rounds, you’re probably better off not getting drafted and going somewhere as a free agent.
“But I’m happy for them. We preach to them from day 1 that you better have a back-up plan. Some guys started out this season thinking they would get drafted and didn’t, and then some, like Cody Grimm, no one thought he’d get drafted and he did. So things change, and the bottom line is you better get your education first and then hope you make it to the NFL.”
Worilds, who decided to forgo his final season at Tech, started all 13 games this past season and finished eighth on the team with 49 tackles. The native of Carteret, N.J., ranked second on the team with 11 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. He led the team with 32 hurries and earned second-team All-ACC honors this past season.
Kam Chancellor went in the fifth round (133rd overall pick) to the Seattle Seahawks. The free safety from Norfolk, Va., started all 13 games and finished third on the team with 68 tackles. He picked off two passes and recovered a fumble. Like Worilds, he earned second-team All-ACC honors this past season.
Ed Wang also went in the fifth round (140th overall pick) when the Buffalo Bills selected him. Wang, a former tight end, earned second-team All-ACC honors this past season, his second as a starting offensive tackle.
Brent Bowden went in the sixth round (172nd overall pick) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bowden earned first-team All-ACC honors after averaging an ACC-leading 43.8 yards per punt on 57 punts. He placed 20 of those 57 inside the 20-yard line.
The last of Tech’s group to get drafted may have been the Hokies’ best overall player last season – Cody Grimm. The former whip linebacker went in the seventh round (211th overall pick) to Tampa Bay.
Grimm went from walk-on to All-American to an NFL Draft pick during his career at Tech. This past season, he earned third-team All-America honors by the Associated Press after leading the Hokies in tackles (106) and tackles for a loss (12.5) and leading the nation with seven forced fumbles. The first-team All-ACC selection tied an NCAA record when he forced three of those fumbles in a victory over N.C. State.
Additionally, six more seniors have reportedly signed free agent deals with NFL clubs. They are: tight end Greg Boone (Tampa Bay), defensive end Nekos Brown (Tampa Bay), offensive lineman Sergio Render (Tampa Bay), defensive tackle Demetrius Taylor (Pittsburgh), defensive tackle Cordarrow Thompson (Pittsburgh) and cornerback Stephan Virgil (Buffalo).
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