Virginia Tech Football: Not so surprisingly quiet 2024 NFL Draft for the Hokies

It was a very quiet 2024 NFL Draft for the Virginia Tech football program.
The Detroit Youth Choir performs for at the NFL draft theater before the start of the second round
The Detroit Youth Choir performs for at the NFL draft theater before the start of the second round / Eric Seals / USA TODAY NETWORK

Just like that, the 2024 NFL Draft has come and gone in Detroit. Going in, it was expected to be a quiet weekend in terms of Virginia Tech players.

Last season, Chamarri Conner was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs and he played a big role in the Chiefs winning their second straight Super Bowl in February. This season, however, it ended up being a quiet weekend.

No Virginia Tech players were taken in the 2024 NFL Draft

There was some thought that a couple of Hokies might hear their names called, but that did not happen. Defensive lineman Pheldarius Payne had a very good Virginia Tech Pro Day in March and he began popping up on people's radar heading into April.

The New York Giants hosted Payne for a Top 30 visit earlier this month, but they ended up not taking the Virginia native. Now that the draft is over, look for him to be offered a contract as he is someone who could be added to a teams depth chart along the defensive line.

Norell Pollard is another defensive lineman from the 2023 Virginia Tech unit coached by Chris Marve that drew some pre-draft interest from some teams. At his Pro Day, the Florida native ran a 4.8-second 40-yard dash and had a 33-inch vertical. He registered four sacks last season for a defense that drastically improved as the season went along.

Things could have been different this weekend for Virginia Tech, but some players who had an opportunity to be drafted are returning to Blacksburg for 2024, including Dorian Strong who should see his 2025 Draft stock rise next season. The 2024 NFL Draft was a quiet one for the Hokies' and their fans, but if things fall into place as expected for a year from now, there should be multiple names called at the draft in Green Bay.