Ed Wang Blocking His Way into History Books
Virginia Tech product Ed Wang has the build and bloodlines to be a successful offensive lineman at the next level. After wrapping up his recent Pro Day, he is back to his grueling workout regiment and preparing to become the first Chinese player drafted into the NFL.
(6-foot-5, 314 pounds) was born to be an athlete. His parents were both members of the Chinese Olympic team in 1984 and he is proud to carry on the family tradition. Approximately one month from now, he figures to become the first Chinese player to hear his name called in the NFL Draft.
Wang, nicknamed "Godzilla," put himself into this position with a stellar career at Virginia Tech
. He started more than 30 straight games for the Hokies and emerged as one of the premier offensive linemen in the ACC.
His stock arrow continues to point upward thanks to a strong offseason. He displayed quick feet at the Senior Bowl; he posted 29 reps on the bench press at the Combine (in the top-10 among offensive linemen); and he performed well in positional drills at his Pro Day on Thursday, March 18.
"[My Pro Day] went very well," he said. "It was nice to be back in Blacksburg and around my teammates again. It was like a mini Combine at the school -- it was nice to share that experience with everybody."
Wang, a former tight end, attracts teams because of his versatility. He has talked with scouts about playing everywhere on the line -- some even see him as a center -- and has no clue where he might line up in 2010.
Also to be determined is which line-up he will join. He says the Pittsburgh Steelers
and Philadelphia Eagles
have shown the most interest in him during the offseason, although he met with almost every team at one point or another.
He met the offensive line coaches from all 32 teams at the Combine.
"I think the Steelers were the only ones who brought coaches [to Pro Day]," he said. "I talked to them for a little bit. All the other teams just brought scouts, I believe, but I'm not positive."
With the draft less than a month away, Wang will continue working out four or five times per week. He does not have any team visits or workouts scheduled as of now, but he feels well prepared if given the opportunity.
Wang is projected as a fourth- or fifth-round selection.