NFL THOUGHTS: Gil Brandt, who was player personnel director for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-1989, is writing a column these days for NFL.com. He recently ranked prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft and had Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley as the 23rd-best prospect. Since 1985, the Hokies have had only two defensive players picked in the first round of the NFL Draft – Bruce Smith and DeAngelo Hall (betcha didn’t know that, eh?). Anyway, Hosley looks like he’ll be the third regardless of whether he leaves after his junior year or stays for his senior season in 2012.
Another note: Brandt suggests 10 ACC players will be picked in the first round of next year’s NFL Draft – more than any other conference. He was also very high on North Carolina defensive tackle Quinton Coples and linebacker Zach Brown, whom he projects as first-round picks next year.