Cornell Brown finished his career second to only Bruce Irvin in Virginia Tech history with 36 career sacks. Unlike many of the players on this list, Brown came to Blacksburg as a top recruit. In fact, he was one of Frank Beamer's first big-time recruits to stay in-state at Virginia Tech, which was a turning point for the program.
Even with that status, Brown was a hard worker who represented the lunch pail defense well. He was a two-time All-American with both selections coming after Bud Foster took over as defensive coordinator in 1995.