The 2017 class of Virginia Tech NFL rookies are getting their feet wet with their respective teams. The players who were drafted have been joined by undrafted free agent signings at rookie mini-camps across the league.
The spring serves as a vital time for rookies to acclimate themselves to professional life. Players begin to learn the playbooks of their new teams and take the first crack at impressing a brand new coaching staff.
This is a collection of some odds and ends from Hokies around the league.
Jack of all trades Sam Rogers has been repping his Tech gear as he goes through the paces at the Los Angeles Rams facility. Housekeeping such as getting fitted for a helmet and speaking to team media were on the docket, but that didn’t stop Rogers from receiving an unusual gift.
Another Hokie enjoying the sunshine is Isaiah Ford down in Miami. Ford has a tough road ahead of him as a seventh-round draft pick. His chances of making the 53-man roster are further complicated by the many established receivers on the Dolphins’ depth chart, but Ford has the right attitude about competing.
Tight end Bucky Hodges is off to a strong start with the Minnesota Vikings, and he doesn’t lack for confidence if his number selection is an indication.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told the press that, “He has got great hand-eye coordination,” referring to the tight end prospect. Zimmer added that the priority for Hodges this summer would be adding strength to improve his run blocking.
Among Tech’s undrafted free agents, arguably the most high-profile player is quarterback, Jerod Evans. His number selection should also evoke some connections for Hokie fans who recall another former Tech QB who spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles.
We’ll keep you posted on all of Tech’s rookies as camps continue through the summer and into the fall.