NFL draft: Virginia Tech's Ed Wang
In anticipation for this weekend's NFL draft, Hokies Journal will be looking at some former Virginia Tech players who are prospective draftees. The NFL draft opens with the first round on Thursday evening, followed by the second and third rounds on Friday and the fourth through seventh rounds held on Saturday.
6 feet 5, 314 pounds
Projected draft selection: third round
Projected NFL position: offensive tackle
Virginia Tech career: 37 starts
UPDATED | 11 a.m. Ed Wang was such an imposing figure at Virginia Tech that his teammates called him Godzilla. And that size and bulk should make him a high draft pick, perhaps as soon as the third round, thus making him the first NFL player of full Chinese descent.
"It means a lot to me," Wang said Thursday in a telephone interview. "I'm really proud of my heritage. I'm really proud I could be the first one, and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to to do it."
Wang will be missed on the Hokies' offensive line. He came to Blacksburg as a highly regarded tight end prospect, and although he did not end up catching passes, that athleticism carried over and made him a talented lineman. In addition to his strength and massive wingspan, Wang has great quickness and foot speed, which is important for a tackle trying to keep up with pass-rushing defensive ends.
Wang has been working out in Blacksburg with former Hokies' teammates and trainers.
Because Wang is so tall, some scouts have knocked him for not playing low enough. There are a number of talented offensive tackles in this draft, which will impact how high Wang is selected. This draft includes a number of offensive tackles who will likely be selected in the first round, including Russell Okung of Oklahoma State, Trent Williams of Oklahoma, Bryan Bulaga of Iowa and Anthony Davis of Rutgers.
Wang said he would be in Blacksburg this weekend and was planning on attending Virginia Tech's spring football game on Saturday to watch his young brother, David, who will be a redshirt freshman offensive guard next fall. Wang plans to hang out with family and friends while the draft is going on.
"Chances are, I probably won't even watch it," Wang said. "It doesn't make a difference if I watch it or not. I’ll just be waiting for my phone call. I think if I watch it, I would start getting nervous."
But Wang might be at ease by Saturday's spring game, because his name could be off the board by Friday as a third-round pick and one of the Hokies selected earliest in the draft.
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