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Chicago Bears take Khalil Herbert in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft

Chicago Bears take Khalil Herbert in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft

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Khalil Herbert became the first Virginia Tech running back chosen in the NFL draft since David Wilson was taken by the Giants in the first round in 2012.

The Chicago Bears drafted former Virginia Tech running back Khalil Herbert with the No. 33 (No. 217 overall) pick in the sixth round on Saturday afternoon.

Herbert is the first Tech running back drafted since David Wilson was chosen in the first round in 2012 by the New York Giants.

Only four running backs were taken in the first three rounds and only two — Alabama running back Najee Harris (No. 24 by Pittsburgh) and Clemson running back Travis Etienne (No. 25 by Jacksonville) — went in the opening round.

Herbert was the 14th running back taken overall.

He led the ACC with 1,791 all-purpose yards last fall and had 1,182 yards with eight touchdowns and ranked second in the conference averaging 7.68 yards per carry (sixth nationally).

He made an immediate splash in Blacksburg by rushing for more than 100 yards in each of the team’s first four games. His best game came in Week 2 when he put up 357 all-purpose yards in a 38-31 win over Duke. It was the most all-purpose yards in a game for Tech since 2004.

A hamstring injury slowed him down in November, but he bounced back and ran for 162 yards in the Commonwealth Cup against Virginia.

Late Friday: The Las Vegas Raiders drafted former Virginia Tech safety Divine Deablo with the No. 17 pick in the third round. It was the first time since the 2008 draft that Tech had at least three players go in the first three rounds.

The Raiders used the second of back-to-back picks in the round to take Deablo at No. 80 overall. They selected Buffalo defensive end Malcolm Koonce at No. 79.

It was a big jump for Deablo from the most prominent draft projections that had him going between the fourth and sixth rounds. However, he was trending upward in recent weeks after running a 4.46 40-yard dash at Tech’s pro day.

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