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2011 NFL Draft Prospects: Virginia Tech's Two Running Backs Leaving Early

Saturday was the deadline to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft, and no one from Boston College decided to leave early for the pros. So that's something (no one was expected to declare, but still). 

However, there were players from the ACC who decided it was time to get payed to play football, and BC Interruption has the unofficial list (the players who declared still have time to withdraw their name if they chose). 

DE Da'Quan Bowers (Jr.)
RB Jamie Harper (Jr.)

Georgia Tech
OT Nick Claytor (Jr.)

WR/KR Torrey Smith (Jr.)
S Kenny Tate (Jr.) ... maybe

CB Brandon Harris (Jr.)

DE Zane Parr (Jr.)

Virginia Tech
RB Darren Evans (Jr.)
RB Ryan Williams (So.)

The loss of Virginia Tech's running back duo stands out as a significant loss, though the Hokies always seem to replace talent in the backfield. However, with Evans and Williams bolting for the NFL, and Tyrod Taylor graduating, the Hokies backfield will look very, very different in 2011. Williams finishes his college career with 2,132 rushing yards and 32 total touchdowns, and is projected to be a late first round or early second round pick. Evans is a projected fourth rounder. Virginia Tech will likely turn to junior running back David Wilson, who ran for 642 yards and five touchdowns (and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns) this season.

Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers is considered the No. 3 most talented prospect, according to Mocking The Draft