Tech’s Danny Coale taken by Cowboys in NFL draft
Virginia defensive end Cam Johnson was the only Cavalier chosen, going to the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round.
More surprising was that cornerback Chase Minnifield, who was projected as high as a second-round pick going into the draft, was not selected, but he was signed as a free agent by the Washington Redskins.
Minnifield had his knee scoped after missing the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, and was unable to recover in time to post good numbers for NFL scouts. Those health concerns seem to have sunk his draft status.
One year ago, Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling was in a similar situation, but was drafted at the end of the first round by New England. He suffered another injury and was unable to contribute to the Patriots in 2011, which may have been a cautionary tale for teams thinking about Minnifield.
Virginia’s other prospects, including wide receiver Kris Burd (Matoaca), will look to sign on with teams as free agents.
Other notable players who are free agents: University of Richmond quarterback Aaron Corp, William and Mary running back Jonathan Grimes, Old Dominion defensive end Ronnie Cameron and Liberty quarterback Mike Brown.