Hokies at the 2017 NFL Combine

Tim Thomas

Virginia Tech has six players at the 2017 NFL Combine. We will keep up with their performances and how they have done in different drills right here.

FB Sam Rogers

  • Bench Press: 19 reps
  • 40 yard dash: 4.93
  • Broad Jump: 114.0 inches

Sam Rogers wasn’t expected to put up great numbers and is someone that scouts know well from his tape. Rogers’s 40 yard dash is slower than I would have thought but outside of that, Rogers hasn’t done anything to really change the fact that he is arguably the top fullback prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft.

WR Isaiah Ford

  • Bench Press: 14 reps
  • 40 yard dash: 4.61
  • Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 127 inches
  • 3 Cone Drill: 6.94
  • 20-yard Shuttle: 4.34

Isaiah Ford didn’t have a bad day at the NFL Combine in his drill with average numbers other than his disappointing 40 yard dash time of 4.61 that likely will hurt his stock some and put pressure to have a much faster 40 time at the Virginia Tech Pro Day. For now, Ford’s draft stock is likely now in the third to fourth round range with his hopes of going in the top 2 rounds decreasing due to that 40 time.

TE Bucky Hodges

  • Bench Press: 18 reps
  • 40 yard dash: 4.57
  • Vertical Jump: 39 inches
  • Broad Jump: 134 inches
  • 20-yard Shuttle: 4.45
  • 60-yard Shuttle: 12.08

Bucky Hodges showed off his impressive athleticism on Saturday with a new TE record 134-inch broad jump plus a TE-leading 39-inch vertical jump and a very good 4.57 40 especially for someone who is 6’6” and almost 260 pounds. Hodges did have issues with his blocking technique in some workouts later, but Hodges had a strong day overall that should help his draft stock and may even make a couple teams wonder if he could be a big receiver on the outside.

QB Jerod Evans

  • 40 yard dash: 4.80
  • Vertical Jump: 26.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 112 inches
  • 20-yard Shuttle: 4.41

Quarterbacks aren’t the easiest to judge at the NFL Combine as much of what a QB does can’t be quantified by statistical metrics. However, Evans did show that he has decent speed while being a solid athlete. However, the biggest test for Evans will be at the VT Pro Day when he throws for scouts who will be really looking to see his arm strength and accuracy on display.

DE Ken Ekanem

  • 40 yard dash: 4.88
  • Vertical Jump: 30.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 115 inches
  • 3 Cone Drill: 7.38
  • 20-yard Shuttle: 4.58
  • 60-yard Shuttle: 12.30

While Ken Ekanem had a solid 40 time, what went best for him was the fact that he had a 10-yard split of 1.68 that was tied for third among defensive linemen and shows some quickness and acceleration that will help his stock. Ekanem had a solid day overall while the fact that he came in at 260 pounds is also a positive as Ekanem is making a strong push to be selected on day 3 anywhere from the fifth to seventh round.

DB Chuck Clark

  • Bench Press: 16 reps
  • 40 yard dash: 4.55
  • Vertical Jump: 34 inches
  • Broad Jump: 122 inches
  • 3 Cone Drill: 6.85
  • 20-yard Shuttle: 4.07