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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

Virginia Tech received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 S Nyquee Hawkins.

Hawkins had offers from plenty of the big players, including Florida State, Wisconsin, Penn State and Nebraska. The 6-foot, 180-pound safety is ranked 20th among the safeties in the class by 247 Sports, and the sixth best player in the state of New Jersey. A report from the website says he's an athletic player who can change directions/flip his hips with ease, and that he's active in the run game. It sounds like Hawkins could compete for playing time for the Hokies when he enrolls in 2019.
Source: VT Scoop
Apr 13 - 7:54 PM

Virginia Tech received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 G Bryan Hudson.

Hudson (6'4/292) visited Blacksburg over the weekend, one of three unofficial visits he's taken to Virginia Tech this spring. He threw his lot in with the Hokies over the likes of Notre Dame and Louisville. Ranking as the No. 214 overall prospect in the 2019 class on the 247Sports composite board, Hudson is an incredibly strong, physical prospect at this stage in his development. He still has work to do on the technical fronts, but that's par for the course with high school players. This is a tremendous commitment for the Hokies.
Source: 247Sports
Apr 10 - 3:26 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Virginia Tech DT Tim Settle to former Patriots and Texans DT Vince Wolfork.

"Settle has rare gifts for a big man with good mass, play strength, quickness, and agility," writes Zierlein. That's similar to Wolfork, who despite being a massive human, was able to show agility along with strength that made him a force during the New England Dynasty. Zierlein lists his that his "weaknesses" as having balance issues at times, and he'll need to make sure he keeps the weight (6'3/335) in check. If he can, he's a long-time NFL starter, and Zierlein believes he could go in the second round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 3 - 11:00 PM

A former defensive backs coach said that while he's a fan of some aspects of Virginia Tech CB Brandon Facyson's game, he "just [sees] him as really limited."

While the DB coach isn't sure on the upside with Facyson, he notes that the 6-foot-1, 203-pounder is "tall, he can challenge the catch, he's smart and he's a great teammate." The coach saw a little bit of slow play on film for the Virginia Tech standout, but Facyson turned in a respectable (if not rising above that) 40-yard dash time of 4.53 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. We view Facyson as a borderline Day 2 selection for the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 2 - 5:50 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Virginia Tech S Terrell Edmunds to Detroit Lions CB DeShawn Shead.

"Edmunds is at his best near the line of scrimmage and has eventual starter potential," Zierlein writes, "but inconsistencies as an open field tackler may be a cause for concern in some NFL war rooms." The 6-foot, 217-pounder is the older brother of Hokies linebacker and potential top-15 selection Tremaine Edmunds. Edmunds the Elder has upward mobility toward the tail end of Day 2. For his part, Zierlein sees him home with a fourth-round projection. Edmunds turned in a few rock star athletic numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine, including a monster broad jump of 134 inches and a vertical leap of 41.5 inches. He also aced the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds. There is no question that the athleticism is there for the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 6:59 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Virginia Tech CB Greg Stroman to NFL DB Kevin Johnson.

Stroman was an analytical darling this year, allowing the second lowest passer rating of any cornerback in the class behind Louisville's Jaire Alexander. Zierlein calls the corner a "ballhawk" who gets out of his pedal naturally, but also cautions that his size (6'0/180) could be taken advantage of by bigger wideouts. Still, because of his cover skills, Stroman projects to go early on Day 3, and could sneak into Day 2 from a team that values his analytical stats.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 26 - 5:48 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Virginia T G Wyatt Teller to Bengals G Christian Westerman.

Zeller (6'4/311) came into the year near the top of many analysts' boards in terms of the top guards in the class, but he was inconsistent in both effort and results in the 2017 season. Zierlein writes that he "has the play strength, body control and hand usage you want from an interior player, but his tape simply wasn't trustworthy this season." A team will be banking on getting the 2016 version of Teller, but it's unlikely he goes higher than the late rounds at this point.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 3:58 PM

Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie and Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert and HC Mike Tomlin attended Virginia Tech's pro day workout last week.

Not tough to connect the dots on this one, as both organizations have big linebacking needs and the Hokies boast one of the draft's best LB prospects in Tremaine Edmunds. A possible top-10 pick, Edmunds (6'5/253) has been mocked to the Raiders in a handful of exercises around the industry this month. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares him to former Bears star Brian Urlacher.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 18 - 1:28 PM

Virginia Tech junior WR Eric Kumah (undisclosed) will be a limited participant in spring practice.

Kumah (6'2/210) is expected to take on a larger role for the coming season with leading wideout Cam Phillips exiting stage left in graduation. For the past campaign, the then-sophomore logged a 28-324-2 receiving line. Sean Savoy and Hezekiah Grimsley should see close looks while Kumah is getting back to full strength.
Mar 16 - 4:38 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore WR Damon Hazelton (undisclosed) is out for spring practices.

The reason for Hazelton missing the spring is not listed. He sat out the 2017 season after transferring from Ball State in the spring of 2017. He hauled in 51 passes for 505 yards with four scores as a freshman, and he could be a contributor to the Virginia Tech passing game in 2018 -- assuming he's healthy enough to do so, of course.
Mar 12 - 6:44 PM

Redshirt freshman Caleb Farley is moving from wide receiver to defensive back.

Farley (6'2/192) missed all of the 2017 season after sustaining a knee injury on a non-contact play during summer practices. A four-star recruit, Farley was considered a premium prospect as both a cornerback and wide receiver, but was listed as the latter during last season. He'll instead move over to the defensive backfield and battle for playing time in the Hokies' defense.
Mar 12 - 4:46 PM


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