Despite a disappointing 7-6 record, Frank Beamer's team had enough talent in 2012 to send five players to Indianapolis for the NFL scouting combine being held later this month. It's the premiere chance to impress NFL talent evaluators as all 32 teams look to get quantifiable numbers to match up with their film studies on prospects.
Hokies offensive tackle Nick Beckton is projected to be a late-round selection in April's draft. He'll need to show foot speed and technique in order to get selected higher. Joining him is Vince Painter, the second Virginia Tech OL to be featured in the combine. Like Becton, he's believed to be a late-round pick.
A pair of wide receivers, Marcus Davis and Corey Fuller, will both likely be late-round picks. Despite coming off a near-1,000 yard season, Davis is projected to be a 7th-round pick. For wide receivers, it's all about their forty time, and he'll need to run as fast as he ever has to put himself in the upper echelon of receivers. Meanwhile, Fuller may not have the numbers, but some believe that he will be the better NFL receiver. Displaying excellent size at 6'2, he'll need to bulk up a little in order to contend with the most physical cornerbacks in the NFL. In this group of five, he has the best chance to be drafted.
Rounding out the group is Bruce Taylor, a late-round option at linebacker. Taylor projects as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.