NFL Wrap Up

Let's put the finishing touches on the NFL Draft and its aftermath. We all know that Chris Cook was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round. While Cook was the only Hoo drafted, several others have signed free agent contracts:

- Vic Hall signed a contract with the Chicago Bears -- published reports previously linked him to the Baltimore Ravens -- and he will play offense and special teams.

- Will Barker signed a contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

- Mikell Simpson signed a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

- Rashawn Jackson signed a contract with the Carolina Panthers.

- Nate Collins signed a contract with the New York Giants.

- Jameel Sewell was invited to the Miami Dolphins' rookie mini-camp for a tryout.

- Denzel Burrell was invited to the Cleveland Browns' rookie mini-camp for a tryout.

I'm still surprised that Collins and Jackson weren't drafted, but I expect that each of those guys will craft a decent NFL career nonetheless.

One more reason to root for the Bengals, by the way: Cedric Peerman just signed a free agent contract to play for Cincinnati, as well. Hopefully he or Simpson, or both, can make the team.

Hoo will get picked in the NFL Draft?

As UVa fans, we've grown accustomed to seeing our guys picked early in the NFL Draft, despite less-than-stellar results for the team. Not seeing a Hoo picked in the first round last night was a bit of a shock to the system. Check out recent first and second round selections from Virginia: [table id=1 /]

The Draft continues tonight, and cornerback Chris Cook appears to be a good bet to be selected in the second round. Rashawn Jackson and Nate Collins are likely mid-to-late round picks, as well. Others, including Vic Hall and Jameel Sewell, are unlikely to be drafted but stand a decent chance of catching on as a free agent with a team. (On that note, the Redskins recently signed former UVa quarterback Marques Hagans, and we're hoping Biscuit will be able to stick this time.)

It'll be interesting to see where Cook, in particular, is selected. I was kinda hoping he'd sneak into the first round last night, but you have to believe he'll be picked fairly early tonight. My fingers are crossed.

Huge ACC Coastal Division Clash -- UPDATED

Wow, I can't believe Virginia is involved in a big game today with implications for the championship of the ACC's Coastal Division. What's going on? How did we get here? I can't deny that I'm pretty worried about today's titanic struggle vs. Georgia Tech. The Hoos have won their two ACC games thus far with smoke and mirrors. That's not going to cut it today.

Permit me to dream, however.... What if the Hoos could pull this off today? We would clearly be in the driver's seat to win the division and make it to the ACC Championship game. And, dare I say it...a bowl?

Will wonders never cease?

UPDATE: Jameel Sewell starts. Only takes him two plays to make a terrible throw.

--Mikell Simpson starts, too. Great news.

UPDATE 2: On third and long, UVa didn't run a QB draw. That's progress! (Still, three and out on the first possession of the game).

UPDATE 3: 1st quarter, 3-0 GT. Nice defensive stand after a very poor turnover on the punt return; Tech is held to a field goal. Where would this team be without the defense? I dunno the answer to that, but if the defense doesn't score a couple of TDs today, we may be in trouble.

UPDATE 4: Wow, what a dumb time for Tech to fake a punt. Good field position for the Hoos here.

UPDATE 5: Ist quarter, 3-3. Wow, Robert Randolph's 48-yard field goal hit the crossbar and trickled through!

UPDATE 6: Thank you, pouring rain! A wet football is fumbled by Tech, and Virginia has great field position again.

--And Sewell actually made a great pass! To Vic Hall, out of bounds at the 1!

--That's the end of the first quarter. 3-3.

UPDATE 7: First and goal to go from the 1-yard line and the offense can't even punch the ball into the endzone. Sheesh, this offense is not good, is it?

Field goal by Randolph is good, though, and UVa is winning 6-3.

UPDATE 8: 10-6 GT, 2nd quarter. Tech made that look easy, driving down the field for the touchdown.

UPDATE 9: Another generally pathetic "drive" by the offense, but Jimmy Howell punts the ball to the one. He's going to be a very good punter before he graduates.

UPDATE 10: Nate Collins is good. That is all.

UPDATE 11: Halftime. GT kicks a FG as time expires to extend their lead to 13-6.

It really doesn't looke like UVa is going to win this game.

UPDATE: Game over, 34-9 GT.

Georgia Tech is just better than UVa. Period.

A cause we can support

Nate Collins for Heisman:

It’s not often that a converted defensive tackle playing end becomes your big star, but for this game, Nate Collins was dominant. Nine tackles (two for loss), a sack, and the huge interception and go ahead touchdown that featured some impressive sprinting for a 290 pound man as he outran Maryland defenders for the 32 yard score – the first defensive touchdown of the year for the ‘Hoos.

Big Nate imposed a Chris Long-like performance on the Terps. It was fun to watch.

UPDATE: It's not the Heisman, but Collins has been named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week.