First-year coach Dave Clawson has his work cut out for him in Winston-Salem, but his secondary should be among the least of his concerns as one of the 2015 draft class's best corners in Kevin Johnson enters his senior season with 27 pass break-ups and six INTs over the last two years.
The Hokies return 12 starters from 2013 including three top NFL prospects at their given positions in explosive DT Luther Maddy and a tandem of athletic, versatile safeties in Kyshoen Jarrett and Detrick Bonner.
Senior safety Anthony Harris earned first-team All-American honors from SI in 2013 and considered leaving for the NFL early. He returns now with a chance to emerge as the top safety prospect for the 2015 draft.
With LT Sean Hickey headlining the Orange's senior NFL prospects list for the 2015 draft, it's imposing junior safety Durrell Eskridge who could emerge as the top prospect among the group after leading the team in tackles and interceptions as a sophomore.