Virginia Tech received some surprising news this evening as starting left tackle Luke Tenuta has announced that he will declare for the 2022 NFL Draft.
Thank you Virginia Tech!— Luke Tenuta (@luke_tenuta) December 17, 2021
Time to go after my lifelong dream 🧡 pic.twitter.com/curbSvIVQ7
Tenuta has made 24 starts over the past three seasons claiming the right tackle job during the 2019 season and holding it throughout 2020 before moving to left tackle in 2021 with Christian Darrisaw being drafted in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He will make his 25th and final start as a Hokie in the 2021 Pinstripe Bowl.
Tenuta's decision is the first truly surprising draft declaration as Tenuta was not someone who would have been a senior without any additional eligibility without the COVID year, and the first Hokie that falls in that category to declare for the draft.
His departure leaves another hole on the offensive line at tackle with Parker Clements at one spot and Silas Dzansi probably better at guard over tackle though he can be serviceable there. After quarterback, offensive tackle may be the top priority for the Hokies in the transfer portal as they need to find someone who can come in and play immediately.
If Tech doesn't bring in a lineman from the portal, Dzansi seems likely to be the other tackle opposite Clements though Bob Schick could be a guy to watch after arriving from JUCO over the summer.
We will have more as this story develops.