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Even though overshadowed by a handful of top-tier cornerbacks in the ACC this season, Greg Stroman has enough skills to boast as one of the top ones.
- Slender build but plays physical
- Smooth change of direction skills
- Great QB vision
- Adequate footwork to match all speeds of receivers
- Led team with 13 passes defended in 2016
- Second team all-ACC in 2016 (Phil Steele)
Greg Stroman saw the field early for Virginia Tech as a return specialist. As a freshman punt returner, Stroman fielded 36 punts for 249 yards. His role continued into his sophomore season as he returned 31 punts for 241 yards and a touchdown. His primary role increased as a cornerback in 2014 as he started six games and finished the season with 24 tackles, five pass breakups and two interceptions. Stroman started nine of 11 games in 2016 receiving second team all-ACC honors from Phil Steele. Though having only 13 tackles, he led the team with 13 passes defended (three interceptions) and added a blocked kick to his season stat line.
Entering the 2017 season, Stroman may be mentioned second to senior cornerback Brandon Facyson, but Stroman boasts his own skills to stand alone as an intriguing island cornerback. Complemented with smooth change of direction skills, Stroman stays step for step with his matchup as he rides the hip of the receiver and plays sticky throughout the play.
One of the senior’s strongest traits is his above average quarterback vision. He rests his eyes in the backfield, but is disciplined enough to not get caught napping. Being able to read the quarterback, he shows a theme of jumping on routes displaying great anticipation skills to attack the football and receiver. His timing is near impeccable.
As he quickly closes on the football, the 6-foot corner has a pair of soft hands to exploit any quarterback miscues. His natural receiving ability has guided him to 21 passes defended over his three-year career (just one start as a freshman).
His slender build looks to be concerning when compared to others at the next level, but his lack of desired girth doesn’t greatly affect his physicality. He does not lack the willingness or power when tackling. He constantly gets his nose dirty in the run game at the line of scrimmage.
A strong performance this season from the Virginia Tech secondary unit could see multiple Hokies go within the first few rounds. Don’t be surprised if Stroman’s name is the first one called out of the group in the 2018 NFL Draft.