Dadi Nicolas

Virginia Tech's Pro Day is in the books. I wrote about the four main guys the Hokies have in this year's draft -- Kendall Fuller, Dadi Nicolas, Luther Maddy and Ryan Malleck -- earlier today. Be sure to read that first.

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Here are a few more notes and quotes from today's events:

-- Your top performers of the players who participated today were J.C. Coleman with a 4.48-second 40-yard dash, Wade Hansen with 25 reps of 225 on the bench press and Dadi Nicolas with a 10-foot, 5-inch broad jump.

-- Coleman said he wanted to showcase his speed today, which the former Tech track athlete did by running the fastest 40 of the group. Coleman made mention of Darren Sproles several times during interviews. It's obvious who he'd like to emulate in finding a path to the pros.

-- Ryan Malleck didn't run the 40 at the NFL Combine. He did Wednesday, posting a 4.76-second time. That would have ranked sixth of the tight ends at the combine.

-- Nicolas clocked a 4.70-second time in the 40. That was four-tenths of a second faster than his time at the combine. While that's probably still not as fast as he'd like to run, he's carrying 20 extra pounds from what he weighed at the end of his Tech career.

-- In addition to Fuller (knee) and Maddy (knee), defensive tackle Corey Marshall did not participate in running drills today because of a right calf strain.

-- Punter A.J. Hughes worked out and hit the top of the indoor facility with several punts.

-- A couple blasts from the past did workouts: linebacker Chase Williams and Tariq Edwards and offensive lineman Caleb Farris did drills hoping for another shot in the league.

-- Cornerback Brandon Facyson was in attendance and on crutches, with a brace on his right knee. That sounds bad, but it honestly seemed  like a precautionary move. He stood on his own power for much of the day and didn't appear to have a problem. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster said this week he hopes Facyson can get back for the end of spring ball.

-- Former Miami coach Al Golden was in the house, an odd sight. He's now a tight ends coach with the Lions and spoke with Malleck.

-- No Michael Brewer today, so a scout with the Falcons did throwing to receivers Demitri Knowles and Michael Brainard, plus Malleck and Coleman.

-- Here's a table with all the results today. The events are, from left to right, the 40-yard dash, 20- and 10-yard split times, vertical jump, broad jump, 20- and 60-yard shuttles, 3-cone drill and bench press reps of 225. Note: whoever wrote these down had terrible handwriting, so I'm 90-05 percent sure all these figures have been transposed correctly. 

-- Lastly, I spoke with Redskins defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett, who was in town for the day.

Jarrett suffered nerve damage to his right shoulder after a sustaining a neck injury in the regular season finale against Dallas and had to miss Washington's playoff game. He's been on the mend since. He's noticeably skinnier, having been unable to do upper body lifting the last couple months, and was cautious with his right arm, shaking hands with his left.

"It was definitely scary, but I’ve seen more of the pros than the cons of the injury," Jarrett said. "And I’m staying positive, continuing to keep my faith. I know I’m truly blessed to be in the position I am, despite the injury. But even with the injury, I’m learning a lot. I’m learning about patience, I’m learning about trust and everything." 

Jarrett said he'll know more about his recovery once he gets through three months (he's already two months removed). That's when he'll meet with doctors and set a plan going forward. Nerve damage is a difficult thing to diagnose, he said, so being able to do anything this spring might be a stretch.

"It may have to wait a little bit longer than that," he said. "My hope is to be ready by camp or before camp. Maybe mandatory mini-camp. I really don’t know. I can’t really tell you a timetable on the nerve. They say nerves take the longest to heal. I know at three months, that’s when I’ll start seeing a lot of progression within my arm. But we’ll see. I’m not 100 percent sure."

Personally, Jarrett's doing well. He got married Feb. 19 after getting engaged shortly after the Virginia game in 2014. 

"I have a wife now and am looking to start a family soon," he said. "That’s what’s really close in my heart. But I do love the game. I do love the NFL. It’s something I always dreamed about being: an NFL player. It’s truly a blessing."

Contact Andy Bitter at or 381-1676. Follow him on Twitter: @AndyBitterVT.


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