Jul 20, 2014; Greensboro, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Willie Byrn addresses the media during the ACC football media day at the Grandover Resort. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
2. WR Willie Byrn
Willie Byrn was a major unknown entering last season after the walk-on from Virginia Beach, Virginia had only touched the field for 38 snaps in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Byrn was an under-the-radar guy but quickly became a fan favorite as a tough receiver who did everything that he was supposed to while also being very productive.
Willie Byrn became a very productive slot receiver with 51 receptions for 660 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns last season in what was a truly breakout season in the purest sense of a breakout. Byrn seemed to be the guy that Logan Thomas could dump the ball off to when he had to and his consistency led Byrn to getting seven starts after only playing in six games the previous season.
Byrn continued to prove this spring that he would be that productive wide receiver this fall that he was also in 2013. Byrn might not be that big at 5-10 and 183 pounds but he is a tough player that does everything he can to get every single yard he can possibly get. Byrn also has very good speed and his play is very similar to Wes Welker with his combination of speed and toughness to go with a high volume of receptions.
The biggest thing about Willie Byrn is the fact that he is a leader on this roster which is why he was one of the two Virginia Tech representatives at the 2014 ACC Kickoff a few days ago. Byrn is the type of hard worker that every team loves to have on their roster and he will definitely make it in the NFL in some capacity with his style of play along with his toughness, great work ethic, and leadership.