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ESPN's Adam Rittenberg lists Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore WR Damon Hazelton as a transfer to watch in 2018.

Hazelton was impressive as a freshman at Ball State in 2016, hauling in 51 passes for 505 yards and four scores. The Hokies lost their best playmaker on offense in Cam Phillips to the NFL, so Virginia Tech and quarterback Josh Jackson could rely on Hazelton as their go-to playmaker this fall -- at least in the passing game. He sat out spring practices for an undisclosed reason, but the 6-foot-2, 209-pound wideout should be active this fall, and could put up quality numbers if he is the top option.
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 2:46 PM

ESPN's Andrea Adelson lists Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore DL Emmanuel Belmar as the standout of the spring practices for the Hokies.

Belmar is making the switch for outside linebacker to the defensive line, and as Adelson notes, he's still learning the finer points of the position. She also notes that Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster was "beyond pleased" with he and several other defenders this spring, and that he might have done enough to move into the front seven rotation. Under Foster's tutelage, he could be a key contributor to what was one of the best defenses in college football last year.
Source: ESPN
May 14 - 3:26 PM

Chargers signed Virginia Tech CB Brandon Facyson.

Facyson (6’2/203) made 47 starts in the Hokies’ secondary, logging nine career tackles for loss and five interceptions, but no picks after his 2013 true freshman year. He did set an all-time Virginia Tech record for pass breakups (44), and PFF College credited Facyson with a 38.1% completion rate allowed in 2017. Big and long with adequate speed (4.53), Facyson’s early college career was riddled by leg injuries, including a fracture and another stress reaction, so he will be a 24-year-old rookie. Nevertheless, Facyson is a toolsy enough press-corner prospect to have a shot at an Eric Rowe-like career.
May 3 - 6:21 PM

Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit assigned the Pittsburgh Steelers a "B-" for their work in the draft.

Benoit believed their most important need is inside linebacker after the horrific injury to Ryan Shazier. He reported "the Steelers don’t believe in trading up" and "When it was their turn to pick, the top four stack ‘backers were off the board. So, the Steelers did the next best thing by drafting a hybrid safety." The problem is that some teams apparently had a fifth-round grade on Terrell Edmunds. While drafting Edmunds was probably a reach, Benoit was interested in their next few picks which "aimed at providing offensive depth." The Rudolph pick puzzled him though as he mentioned, "If GM Kevin Colbert really thought Rudolph can one day follow Ben Roethlisberger, he would have picked him much earlier."
Apr 29 - 6:51 PM

Redskins selected Virginia Tech CB Greg Stroman with the No. 241 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Stroman (5’11/182) made 29 starts in the Hokies’ secondary, logging 36 career pass breakups with nine interceptions and earning first-team All-ACC as a senior. In 2017, PFF College credited Stroman with an anemic 25.5% completion rate and 26.8 passer rating allowed, second-lowest among draft-eligible CBs. Stroman doubled as a special teams demon with four career punt return TDs. Thin framed and just a second-percentile SPARQ athlete, Stroman’s transition could be tough despite his impressive resume.
Apr 28 - 6:29 PM

Bills selected Virginia Tech G Wyatt Teller with the No. 166 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Teller (6’5/314) made 43 starts on the Hokies’ line, manning left guard and allowing only five QB pressures (PFF) without a sack in 2017. Teller earned PFF College’s No. 9 run-blocking grade in the nation among guards, winning with a highly aggressive playing style. Teller showed up as a plus athlete in Indy with 75th-percentile SPARQ results and 30 reps on the bench. Long armed (34") with movement skills and a proven block winner, Teller offers legitimate starting potential.
Apr 28 - 3:16 PM

Redskins selected Virginia Tech DT Tim Settle with the No. 163 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Settle (6’3/329) went pro as a redshirt sophomore after emerging as the Hokies’ starting nose tackle in 2017, breaking out for 12.5 tackles for loss and four sacks to earn second-team All-ACC. Settle showed surprising pocket-pushing ability for his hefty size, recording 46 QB pressures in just a two-year career. Settle is a mere second-percentile SPARQ athlete, however, and his initial NFL role will be to plug the run. Not yet 21 – he turns in July – Settle maintains a high ceiling as a wide-bodied space eater with room for pass-rush growth.
Apr 28 - 3:09 PM

An anonymous scout believes that Virginia Tech G Wyatt Teller offers "no versatility."

"No position versatility," said the scout. "He does have some strength (30 reps on the bench) and can set the bottom of the pocket. Not overly mobile. He’s a decent backup candidate or maybe a need-based starter as your sixth lineman. I think he can get by." Teller started the year near the top of many boards for guards, but an inconsistent season -- and some stellar performances from others -- has seen that stock slide. He likely goes early or in the middle of Day 3.
Apr 27 - 5:22 PM

Virginia Tech S coach Galen Scott has resigned from his post.

"After much reflection and conversation, I felt now was the time to step away from football and focus on my family," Scott said in a statement. He was initially hired on staff in Blacksburg in January of 2016 after spending the previous six seasons working alongside current Hokies HC Justin Fuente at Memphis. In the short term, director of player development Justin Hamilton will take over Scott's former duties.
Source: 247Sports
Apr 27 - 5:06 PM

Steelers selected Virginia Tech S Terrell Edmunds with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Edmunds (6’1/217) turned pro after starting all three years for the Hokies, managing 6.5 career tackles for loss with six interceptions and 20 pass breakups, and earning third-team All-ACC as a 2017 redshirt junior. Edmunds’ crushed the Combine with 4.47 speed and explosive vertical (41 ½") and broad (11’2") jumps. Plus sized and uncommonly athletic, Edmunds offers corner-safety versatility but struggled in man coverage on college tape. Still, he should earn early-career special teams snaps and offers plus-starter upside down the line.
Apr 26 - 11:16 PM

Bills selected Virginia Tech ILB Tremaine Edmunds with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Edmunds (6’5/253) made 29 starts in three years as a Hokie, earning first-team All-ACC in 2017 and finishing with 35 career tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, and ten sacks. Built like a throwback linebacker, Edmunds is also exceptionally young for a rookie (20 in May). An inside linebacker in Virginia Tech’s base 4-2 alignment, Edmunds shined on interior blitzes with 19 QB pressures on just 85 pass-rush snaps (PFF) last year and ran 4.54 in Indy, showing incredible size-adjusted speed. Edmunds needs to improve in coverage but long term offers a Dont’a Hightower-level ceiling.
Apr 26 - 9:54 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football he was "shocked" when Virigina Tech S Terrell Edmunds declared for the draft.

The scout was mainly surprised becasue Edmunds still had a season of elgibility left and had to undergo shoulder surgery towards the end of the 2017 season. "He’s a physical freak but he’s got some limitations, too," A second scout said, "He’s not his brother. He hits but he doesn’t have fluidity in his hips. He’s not a cover guy." Despite the pessimism from some scouts, Edmunds produced an athletic composite score in the 97th percentile and is reportedly a player teams "secretly covet." NFL.com's Jason La Canfora also believes he could be selected in the first round along with his brother, Tremaine. It will be interesting to see where Edmunds is selected as his draft stock is all over the place with most projecting him to be drafted in Day 2.
Apr 25 - 1:43 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah said Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds has "all-Pro ability."

Jeremiah has Edmunds as his sixth overall player on his big board and said "Edmunds has a unique blend of size, length and athleticism," and "Against the run, he is quick to key, fill and finish as a tackler. He has rare lateral range and collects tackles from sideline to sideline." Jeremiah also believes Edmunds has "tremendous upside as an edge rusher." Edmunds will likely be selected within the top-15 picks in the first round with the upside to be drafted inside the top 10.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 25 - 12:57 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the San Francisco 49ers "covet" Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds.

Pauline notes that the 49ers have also shown interest in Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch and could trade down to select him, but that they won't do that if Edmunds (6'5/253) is still on the board on Thursday. The 49ers have an obvious need at linebacker, and Edmunds is seen by many as one of -- if not the -- best at the position the class.
Apr 24 - 6:31 PM

NFL.com reporter Jason La Canfora gets the sense that both Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds will go in the first round.

It's no surprise that Tremaine is going in the first -- he's rated as the top linebacker in this class by many, and he could easily go in the first ten selections. Terrell, on the other hand, is a surprise. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks him the 129th player in this class, which would make him a fourth-round target. La Canfora says that teams "secretly covet" the 6-foot-2, 220-pound safety, and he is considered one of the best athletes in the class. He also has struggled with tackling angles, and his instincts can come into questions. We wonder if a team like the Seahawks could have interest in Edmunds; as they potentially could be down two starters with Kam Chancellor's neck injury and Earl Thomas a possible trade candidate.
Apr 21 - 6:43 PM


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