Virgil is a long legged tight end in a wide receiver's body. He has great hands and does an excellent job adjusting to the ball in the air to make a catch. He catches the ball away from his body and when you throw the ball to Virgil, all he does is catch it. I don't see him dropping balls and I don't see him not gaining yardage after he catches the ball. Virgil will catch the ball between his legs, over his head, behind his back, and over top of the defender. He can catch a ball falling off a building. The kid is a third down, move the chains, catch the ball in the red zone dream come true. He is a specialty player who could develop into more than just a specialty player.
Virgil is not quick off the line and into his routes because of his long legs. He runs quicker, stronger and faster once he catches the ball than he does when he is running his routes. He does a decent job at the college level as an inline blocker, but the fact that he does not move his feet once he engages and loses leverage will be a big problem at the next level. He does not seem to give the effort blocking in space that he does on the line, which will also hold him back if teams are thinking of him as a possible H-back. Virgil does lose track of the ball sometimes; he will fumble and has to learn to hold on to the ball until he hears the whistle. This is more of a concentration problem than it is a mechanical or physical problem. He wants to gain the needed yardage so badly that sometimes he loses focus on holding onto the ball. All of that being said, Virgil is still a pass catching machine.
Virgil reminds me a lot of a specialty tight end that the Buffalo Bills had on their roster back in the 90's by the name of Keith McKellar. The Bills found out after they drafted Keith that, although he was not the best blocker and was not quick or super fast, he could catch the ball down the field better than most of the wide receivers they had on the roster at that time. They thought so much of his talent the coaches devised a specialty package of plays they used in the red zone. They called this package of offensive plays the K-gun formation and used it in the no-huddle concept. They named it for Keith McKellar. In later years, the Bills became a complete no huddle offense and fans called it the K-gun offense because most of the media and the fans thought it was named after Jim Kelly. Virgil has the talent to be used as the second tight end in specialty situations in the red zone because this kid will catch the ball and make touchdowns. He is not an H-back and he is not a tight end, but in the red zone, he is the type of player that will give your offense the green light to score. You might be able down the road to turn him into a possession receiver who moves the chains. However, I suggest that after you draft him, you get him on the field in the red zone. Line him up close to the line or in a three point stance and let him do his thing. This kid's hand-eye coordination is something special and once he gets his hands on the ball, it is almost impossible for one player to bring him down. He has Larry Fitzgerald type of hands but is no way near being the receiver at this stage of his career that Larry is but my advice is to worry about turning him into a wide receiver later. Get him on the field now in the red zone and let him catch touchdowns in a specialty package of plays set up just for him. Call it the Green light offense for the Red Zone.
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Drew Boylhart April/11