Wilson, who was the 2011 ACC player of the year and a second-team All-American by The Associated Press, became the first Hokie player drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft since 2008 when the Houston Texans selected offensive tackle Duane Brown with the 26th pick. Wilson became the ninth Tech player ever to be selected in the first round.
The Danville, Va., native was the seventh first-round selection in head coach Frank Beamer’s tenure. He became the 83rd player drafted overall since Beamer took over in Blacksburg.
Wilson decided to forgo his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL Draft following Tech’s loss in the Sugar Bowl. He set a Tech single-season rushing record this past season when he rushed for 1,709 yards. He scored 10 touchdowns, 9 of them rushing.
The second and third rounds of the NFL Draft are Friday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The remainder of the draft will be held on Saturday.
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