NFL draft preview: Other Virginia possibilities
Expect Chris Cook, Nate Collins and Rashawn Jackson to hear their names called this weekend, but some other draft-eligible players will have an anxious few days. However, Virginia players have had success catching on as undrafted free agents.
Here are three Virginia players to pay attention to in the late rounds:
Will Barker, OL: Barker was a four-year starter at Virginia, and his value to teams is that he can play both guard and tackle. That's an attribute teams look for in backup linemen. Barker did not have a particularly strong senior season, but he has size and underrated athleticism.
Jameel Sewell: QB/ATH: It's unlikely Jameel Sewell will become a quarterback in the NFL, but he has good size and speed and can find a way to play a "slash" role as a wildcat quarterback, wide receiver -- and possibly even tight end.
Vic Hall, CB/WR/PR: If you're searching for a player that could find his way onto a roster, look at "Do-it-all" Hall, as his teammates have called him. Hall ran an impressive 40-yard dash at his pro day, and he has value at different positions despite his size. You can bet there's at least one person touting Hall to NFL teams: former Virginia Coach Al Groh.
"The versatility of Vic's game is pretty obvious," said Groh, who pointed out that Hall passed for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown, caught a pass for a touchdown, intercepted a pass for a touchdown and returned a punt for a touchdown. "When it comes to go to the game, and there are only 45 players available for the roster, then versatility on a player -- anybody who can do multiple jobs -- is very, very important. That certainly is one of Vic's asset. We can say the same thing about him as we can say about other players who made their teams when they got there, whether as free agents or late-round draft choices. While his measurables are not spectacular...he's just a good player. And there's something to be said about guys who are just good players."
April 22, 2010; 2:27 PM ET
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