Taquan Mizzell, Virginia 7 (5th RB)
Olamide Zaccheaus, Virginia 1 (17th WR)
Eric Smith, Virginia 5 (7th OT)
Jackson Matteo, Virginia 11 (3rd C)
Andrew Brown, Virginia 5 (11th DE)
Donte Wilkins, Virginia 4 (14th DT)
Micah Kiser, Virginia 84 (4th LB)
Tim Harris, Virginia 7 (9th CB)
Nicholas Conte, Virginia 60 (2nd P)
I can almost guarantee that Oz, Wilkins, and Kiser are being underrated by the shit-sucking ACC media.
Meanwhile, the one most important question that my friend Paul always asks is...
Who are the future NFL players on our football team?
2017 NFL DRAFT
S Quin Blanding -- I think he'll make the early jump and land in the 3rd/4th round.
NT Donte Wilkins -- Big Donte will owe Bronco and Co. a big slice of his future pro paycheck, as they saved his career. I bet he's awesome for us in 2016, and earns a middle-round selection in the draft.
OT Eric Smith -- I'm bullish on this guy's talent. Might be a late rounder or an undrafted free agent, but at 6-5, 300, he'll get a shot.
RB Taquan Mizzell -- Not really fast enough to do the job he'll need to do in the NFL, but he's surely a priority undrafted free agent.
C Jackson Matteo -- He'll get a shot in some team's training camp, no doubt. And like we've seen at Virginia, a shot is all this former walk-on really needs...
P Nicholas Conte -- I'm listing him here because his numbers are good enough to merit a training camp invitation.
2018 NFL DRAFT
LB Micah Kiser -- He's shorter than you want, but now that he's gaining real-life experience playing behind an odd front, his value to NFL teams is rising. I'm guessing 3rd/4th round.
DE Andrew Brown -- Like with Wilkins, I think Bronco is saving his career. 5th round pick with intriguing upside.
WR Doni Dowling -- Just a hunch, but I'm thinking NFL teams will like him a lot as a potential slot specialist. Late round pick or priority undrafted free agent.
WR Andre Levrone -- Size and hands will always earn a receiver a shot in training camp.
OT Jack English -- I think he's got enough to pull a training camp invite after starting for a year or two under 2J.
2019 NFL DRAFT
2019 NFL DRAFT
OLB Chris Peace -- Someone is going to emerge as a potent pass rusher, and my guess is Peace. I like his measurables; they translate well to the next level.
CB Juan Thornhill -- I think Howell has a good one brewing, banking on at least a middle-round pick in a few years.
CB Darious Latimore -- The Thornhill/Latimore duo could be a big deal for us in 2017-18.
RB/WR Olamide Zaccheaus -- He's small, but dynamic. I doubt he gets drafted, but he'll be a camp body for some lucky NFL team.
2020 NFL DRAFT
2020 NFL DRAFT
DE Eli Hanback -- Emerges as a middle-rounder after FOUR seasons in the UVA starting lineup.
LB Jahvoni Simmons -- I like the idea of him taking over and emerging once Kiser's eligibility is exhausted.
C R.J. Proctor -- Just seems like one of those guys who'll develop. I like his chances of taking the job after Matteo's graduation and running with it. Mid-to-late rounder in 2020.
WR Warren Craft -- He'll get plenty of playing time in 2016-19, could be our go-to wideout in '18 and '19, and his career numbers will earn him a shot as an undrafted free agent.