Below are notable Virginia Cavaliers players eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. The Cavaliers program is looking to gain their footing in perhaps the toughest conference in the country. The turn-around will be centered around a number of seniors, who will be called upon to provide the leadership to help change the culture in Coach Bronco Mendenhall’s second year.
Offensive Guard Colin McGovern – 6050, 310 – Graduate Transfer
After starting eight games for the Notre Dame program last season, McGovern looks to help rebuild a largely hapless Virginia offense in his final year of eligibility. McGovern sports an ideal frame for the NFL level and has the functional athleticism to garner interest in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Linebacker Micah Kiser – 6020, 240 – Senior
Kiser is a super productive defender: he’s led the ACC in tackles for each of the last two seasons. Kiser is at his best working between the tackles, there his play diagnosis is able to showcase itself effectively. But Kiser needs to get more efficient working in space to help him make the most of his athletic ability.
Safety Quin Blanding – 6020, 215 – Senior
Blanding enters the 2017 season as one of the better Safety prospects in the country. A former top recruit out of high school, Blanding has the cerebral skills and physicality to bring quality run support in the box.
Although Blanding doesn’t have the burst or explosiveness to make decision makers drool, he does project reasonably well to Cover 2 and Cover 3 schemes. As a result, he’s going to take a bit of a hit in some evaluations. But Blanding’s role for any team for whom he fits will be that of a quality starter, barring injuries.