It's been an interesting road to this point for Ed Wang.
The 6'5", 309-pound senior tackle from Virginia Tech is hoping to improve his draft stock this week in Mobile and may be doing just that.
Wang has reportedly improved his technique as drills have gone on in practices. Improvement in a high-pressure atmosphere like the Senior Bowl bodes well for improvement once a player gets to training camp and beyond.
NFL scouts and coaches are also undoubtedly aware that Wang has an interesting position history.
Wang was voted the Gatorade State Player of the Year in Virginia during high school as a tight end.
He practiced at tight end during his redshirt year in 2005 and saw limited action on the field in 2006. Towards the end of ’06, Wang began practicing at tackle and moved to the position full-time in spring practice the next season.
Wang suffered a broken fibula in preseason of 2007, underwent surgery, rehabbed, and returned to the team in late September.
Since then Wang has been durable, starting 34 consecutive games after moving to left tackle to protect the blind side of the Hokies’ right-handed quarterbacks.
Despite his tremendous size, Wang is very athletic and moves well for a big man.
This can be attributed in part to his playing multiple positions, but the fact his parents, Robert and Nancy, were members of the Chinese Olympic team in the 1970s doesn’t hurt.
Wang’s position switch isn’t without precedent and success at Virginia Tech.
Duane Brown started his Tech career at tight end, eventually moving to left tackle for the same reasons Wang did. Brown parlayed his success in Blacksburg to being selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.
Wang won’t be drafted that high, but a team may find themselves getting a bargain in the middle rounds.