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Jayron Hosley

| | College: Virginia Tech
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Hosley is entering the draft after playing through an injury-hampered junior season (hamstring, concussion), which followed a sophomore year (2010) in which he led the nation with 10 interceptions.

Hosley plays bigger than he measures and is very physical, both in coverage and in run support. B but at his size he would do better if he becomes more of a wrap up tackler. Over the past two seasons he had 12 interceptions and 20 passes broken up. He adds value as a punt returner, where he averaged 11.8 yards an attempt in three college seasons.

In games he appears to have better quick explosion than long term speed, but he had an unofficial 40-yard time of 4.47 seconds at the Scouting Combine, where teams were glad to see he added five pounds since the end of the season.


Read & React: Gets better as the game goes on, picking up on small details and learning on the fly -- gets smarter as game progresses. Has very quick reaction skills and does a nice job using his eyes to recognize what the offense wants to do. Makes snap decisions and loves to drive on the ball. Will get caught with his eyes in the backfield at times, allowing the receiver to gain a step.

Man Coverage: A smooth athlete with fluid footwork and excellent quickness out of his breaks to drive on the ball. Has loose hips with above average foot quickness and balance to transition in a flash. Possesses the change of direction ability to be sticky in tight coverage. Will get too hands-on in coverage and his physical nature will attract penalties at the next level. Needs to stay under control through the whistle.

Zone Coverage: Shows exceptional feel in zone coverage, putting himself in ideal position to make a play with very good body positioning. Highly aggressive and competitive when the ball is in the air. Shows the ballskills and awareness to make plays on the ball. Lined up mostly in off-man coverage at Virginia Tech and has an obvious comfort level in this scheme.

Closing/Recovery: Hosley lacks elite speed and trusts his athleticism too much -- hasn't focused on developing his technique and footwork for the position. Doesn't have great long-speed to recover after a false step. Accelerates in a flash to close in a hurry.

Run Support: Has a physical playing style and never backs down in run support. Scrappy and loves to get dirty, attacking ballcarriers and never backing down. Very lean and lack of strength is a concern -- needs to spend more time in the weight room to add bulk. Inconsistent in run support because he's too easily blocked and knocked out of the play. Often overaggressive, taking inaccurate angles to the play -- undisciplined with too many self-inflicted wounds.

Tackling: Needs to become a better wrap tackler and not settle for simply throwing his body around -- missed too many open-field tackles. Undersized with a short, light frame -- lack of overall size against bigger ballcarriers is tough to ignore.

Intangibles: Has a feisty playing temperament and displays much needed confidence for the position. Adds value as a return man on special teams, averaging 11.8 yards per return as a three-year punt returner, including a pair of touchdowns over his career. Has been very productive with a combined 12 interceptions and 20 passes broken up the past two seasons as a starter. Struggled with injuries in 2011, battling a hamstring and then a concussion late in the season.

-- Dane Brugler

2011 Season

A second-team All-ACC selection at corner … Started all 13 games he played in … Played over 660 snaps on defense and 84 on special teams … Had 59 tackles, three interceptions and 12 pass breakups on the season … Also has a tackle for loss, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery … Leads the team with 17 punt returns for 204 yards (12.0 average) … Had three punt returns for 97 yards, including a long of 55 against Appalachian State … Had three tackles and broke up a pass at East Carolina … Recorded seven tackles, including six solo, and two interceptions in the win over Arkansas State … Also had two pass breakups and returned three punts for 10 yards … Forced his first career fumble and had his first fumble recovery along with three solo tackles in the win at Marshall … Returned two punts for 24 yards … Returned an interception 14 yards in the second quarter and had six tackles with a breakup in the Clemson game … Racked up 27 yards on three punt returns … Posted seven tackles and a breakup in the win over Miami … Also assisted on a tackle for loss and returned a punt 17 yards … Had a solo tackle before leaving the Wake Forest game in the first quarter due to a hamstring injury … Missed the BC game due to the same injury … Returned for the Duke game and had four tackles with a breakup … Contributed six tackles at Georgia Tech … Had nine tackles and two pass breakups against UNC … Tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (seven solo) at Virginia … Also assisted on a TFL, forced a fumble and returned a punt 38 yards … Posted three solo tackles before leaving with an injury in the first quarter against Clemson in the ACC Championship Game … Posted four pass breakups in the Sugar Bowl against Michigan.

2010 Season

Started 13 games, contributing 39 tackles, nine interceptions, and eight passes broken up … Turned in three tackles during the opener with Boise State … Played every defensive down against JMU … Posted four tackles, a break up and an interception against Boston College … Won national honors after posting six tackles, four pass break ups and three interceptions at NC State … Was also named the ACC's Defensive Back of the Week after the NCSU game … Clinched the win with his final interception, which he returned 42 yards to set up an insurance touchdown … Returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown against Central Michigan … Posted four tackles, one for a loss, and turned in a 58-yard punt return in the Wake Forest game … Had a 61-yard punt return against Duke and intercepted a pass … Picked off two more passes during the fourth quarter of the UNC game to earn ACC weekly honors again … Collected nine tackles and posted a crucial fourth-quarter interception and 32-yard return at Miami … Returned a kickoff 50 yards in the Virginia game … Added a 34-yard return and a pair of tackles in the ACC Championship Game … Intercepted a pass and broke up another throw during the Orange Bowl game with Stanford … Had a personal-best 36 1/2-inch vertical jump during off-season workouts … Turned in seven tackles, including a sack, during the first full scrimmage of the spring … Had two tackles behind the line and blocked a field goal in the third scrimmage … Returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown during the Maroon-White game … Won the Coaches Award as the defensive player who had an exceptional spring.

2009 Season

Saw action in every game … Had 11 tackles, two pass breakups, a sack and one quarterback hurry in limited defensive work … Became the first freshman to return a punt for a touchdown under head coach Frank Beamer with his 64-yard return against Marshall … Averaged 11.2 yards with 348 yards on 31 returns … Picked up nine plays on special teams in the opening game, returning a punt 11 yards against Alabama … Returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown against Marshall … Also played 12 plays at corner with two tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup … Worked 11 special team plays and had a punt return for six yards against Nebraska … Was in on 12 special team plays against Miami with one tackle … Returned two punts for seven yards at Duke … Made two tackles and hurried the quarterback once while playing 20 defensive downs against Boston College … Saw special team action on eight plays at Georgia Tech … Returned four punts for 31 yards against UNC … Returned a punt 33 yards at ECU … Had four returns for 55 yards in the game … Picked up 86 yards on six returns during the Maryland game with a long return of 24 yards … Also got nine snaps at corner posting a pair of tackles … Returned a punt for 11 yards and played four plays at corner against NC State … Worked briefly on defense at Virginia and also returned a punt for 24 yards … Saw action at corner against Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl … Contributed a sack and three tackles … Also returned three punts for 42 yards … Had the fourth-best 10-yard dash time on the team (1.63) during off-season workouts … Slowed by hamstring during early spring practices … Had six tackles and a punt return for 21 yards in the fourth scrimmage of the spring … Had a tackle and two punt returns for 20 yards during the Maroon-White game.

High School

An All-America cornerback for Coach Andre Thaddies … Rated the No. 11 cornerback in the country and the 25th overall prospect in Florida by Rivals … Ranked the No. 22 cornerback nationally by ESPN.com's recruiting service … Listed as the No. 57 player in the state of Florida by SuperPrep … APrepStar All-American … A member of the Rivals250 Team … Named to PrepStar's All-Atlantic Region Team as a defensive back … A member of SuperPrep's All-Dixie Team … A three-year starter for Atlantic … Had 37 tackles and five interceptions as a senior … On offense, had 15 catches for 300 yards and five touchdowns … Also had five special teams scores (three punt return, two kickoff return) … Missed Atlantic's regional semifinal playoff game, which turned out to be the team's only loss of the season.


Jayron Todd Hosley … Born 9/18/90 in Boynton Beach, FL … Son of Beverly Hosley … Enrolled in apparel, housing and resource management (consumer studies).


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