- The Washington Times - Monday, April 22, 2002

The 2002 NFL Draft was no repeat of last year for Virginia, when Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick went No. 1, but the state's schools did send large numbers to the pros this year.
With Virginia Tech wide receiver Andre Davis leading the way, chosen in the second round Saturday by the Cleveland Browns, 12 other Virginia players were drafted in rounds four through seven. Eight of those were from Virginia Tech.
The draft was conducted Saturday and yesterday.
Davis was the 47th player and seventh wide receiver selected on Saturday, when the first three rounds were conducted. No other players from Virginia were picked that day.
Davis, a sprinter who anchored Virginia Tech's 400-meter relay team, finished third on Virginia Tech's career list in receptions (103) and receiving yards (1,986).
The next Virginia player selected came one day later in the fourth round. Linebacker Ben Taylor, also from Virginia Tech, was selected yesterday at No. 111 and will join teammate Davis in Cleveland.
Chris Luzar, a tight end from Virginia, was selected No. 118 by Jacksonville.
"I'm very excited," Luzar said yesterday while celebrating his selection with family and friends in Williamsburg. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound receiver said he expected to be taken somewhere in the fourth round.
Luzar, who had 33 receptions last season, said his speed and hands will be his biggest assets in the NFL.
Other Virginia players selected were: Kevin McCadem, defensive back, Virginia Tech, Atlanta, No. 148, fourth round; Ralph Hunter, defensive back, Virginia Union, Dallas (from New England) No. 168, fifth round; David Pugh, defensive tackle, Virginia Tech, Indianapolis, No. 182, fifth round; Bob Slowiskowski, tight end, Virginia Tech, Dallas, No. 211, sixth round; Chad Beasley, defensive tackle, Virginia Tech, Minnesota, No. 218, seventh round; Derrius Monroe, defensive end, Virginia Tech; New Orleans, No. 224, seventh round; Monsanto Pope, defensive tackle, Virginia, Denver, No. 231, seventh round; Greg Scott, defensive end, Hampton, Washington (from the New York Jets through New England), No. 234, seventh round; Antwoine Womack, running back, Virginia, New England (from Miami through Dallas), No. 237, seventh round; and Jarrett Ferguson, running back, Virginia Tech, Buffalo, No. 251, seventh round.
Tavon Mason, a junior wide receiver at Virginia, entered the draft but was not taken.

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