2011 Numerical Roster Countdown: No. 33 Chris Drager

by JustinC on August 1, 2011 · 6 comments

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Picture 123 2011 Numerical Roster Countdown: No. 33 Chris DragerWith 33 days left until Virginia Tech takes the field against Appalachian State, we turn our attention to number 33 on the roster, Mr. Chris Drager. Drager started his career at tight end then moved to defensive end only to end back up at tight end here in his senior season. For that, Drager should be commended for being a total team player throughout his career. Now in his final season, Drager needs to transform into that solid receiving threat at tight end that the Hokies are used to having. With a new quarterback under center, having a trustworthy safety valve that Logan can throw the ball too would help this offense tremendously.

Stats

Height: 6’3”
Weight: 256 lbs
Position: Tight End
Year: R-Senior
High School: Thomas Jefferson High School

How Did He Get Here

The 2007 recruiting class feels like forever ago but Drager was another one of Tech’s summer commitments that year, committing to the Hokies on July 9th, 2006. While he wasn’t highly rated, being just a 5.7 three star on Rivals.com, Drager did receive offers from Pitt, West Virginia, Stanford, Cincinnati, Maryland, USF, and Vanderbilt. However, with Tech having a need at tight end for the future, they were able to wrap him up after a visit to Blacksburg in June.

2010 Season

The 2010 year was an overall good year for the Pennsylvania native as he finished the season with 34 tackles, six tackles for loss, and two sacks. Still, it’s hard not to notice the lack of production from the weakside defensive end over the past few seasons. Drager has done everything that has been asked of him but it’s clear that having him switch back over to offense was a good move for every party involved. Drager is simply a better offensive player at this point in his career.

2011 Prospectus

For some reason, the Hokies have gone through a severe talent drain at tight end recently, causing the Hokies to have a move a few players to that position in recent years. Drager switched back over to tight end this spring and is the odds on favorite to win the starting job this fall. He’ll still compete with the likes of Eric Martin and Randall Dunn but it will be tough for either of those two to unseat the senior from his spot atop the depth chart.

Drager, in a way, is a throwback style tight end to the early days of the Bryan Stinespring era here at Virginia Tech. Our last few players at the position have been glorified offensive linemen who just simply happen to be athletic enough to catch passes. Andre Smith (6’5” 270 lbs) and Greg Boone (6’3” 280 lbs on a good day) come to mind. Drager is smaller and more compact at just 6’3” and 256 pounds. Still, he should prove to be a solid threat in the passing game, especially as the season goes along. As long as he proves to be an adequate blocker as well, Drager should do just fine this season.

Career Highlight

Named to the 2010-2011 Academic Honor Roll. As much as I like seeing our guys succeed on the field, it’s nice to know that we have some pretty high character and intelligent guys off of it. Props big guy!

Career Lowlight

Suffering multiple concussions last season. With Chris moving back to tight end, his past history of concussions is worrisome, especially since he’ll be taking punishment instead of doling it out on the defensive side of the ball.

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Thanks to The Key Play's coining of the term “Dragerbomb”, whenever Drager catches a pass this year, you must do one shot of Jaeger.

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rob August 1, 2011 at 11:40 am

So I noticed that we made Stefon Diggs, latest 15 list. Where are we on Wes Brown’s list and has he trimmed his list down yet?

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justinc August 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm

We have a good chance to get Diggs since he’ll likely take an official to us this fall hopefully for either the Miami or UNC game. As for Brown, we’re not going to get him.

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Mark August 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Any chance that any of the new TE recruits see some playing time this year? Who is best equipped to see the field? Also, are we putting our team in a position that TE won’t be an issue next year or are we still too young to feel confident at this position?

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justinc August 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I think the two that are the most physically ready are Darius Redman (6’5″, 248 lbs) and Ryan Malleck (6’4″, 225 lbs). However, both could really use a redshirt year and I think both will redshirt. We do have Chris Drager, Eric Martin, and Randall Dunn available along with George George who could be used as a short yardage blocker in some situations. So, I think we’ll likely see both of our new TE’s redshirt. Christian Reeves is still in position limbo but he’ll need a redshirt year no matter what. It sounds like he’s going to start at WR now. Then Chris Hall won’t enroll until January so he’s not on campus yet.

As for next year, I don’t think it will be much of an issue. I like Eric Martin and Randall Dunn. I think they each have their own strengths obviously but it would help if one of them steps it up and becomes a trustworthy threat in the passing game this fall. Dunn is the more likely option there but Martin is a good blocker and could develop into more of a receiver this year. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Ben Althouse August 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm

2 questions.
1. What about Jerome Lewis?
2.Do you see any QB’s recruits exploding on the scene during their senior season that VT could possibly land/Will tech land a true QB this year?

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justinc August 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Man, completely forgot about Lewis but yes he’ll be in there as well. I like him a lot but I’m kinda waiting to see how he does in those 2 open scrimmages this year.

Also, it’s looking unlikely that VT will bring in another QB in this class. 2013 is chalked full of QBs and I doubt you want to jeopardize bringing in one of those guys just to add another body to this class. Motley will be a good player in time but landing that big 4 or 5 star QB is a must next year. Sounds like Bucky Hodges could be that guy too.

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