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In discussing the linebacker class with NFL sources, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds is "the clear favorite."

Pauline notes that three linebackers have begun to separate themselves from the crowd at the top of NFL boards, those being Boise State's Leighton Vander Esch, Georgia's Roquan Smith and Edmunds. Edmunds (6'5/250) appeals due to his "size, athleticism and ability to disrupt the action," Pauline writes. He could very well be in play for a top-10 selection come April. Somewhat remarkably, both Vander Esch and Edmunds have drawn comps to Bears all-timer Brian Urlacher during the early portion of the evaluating season.
Feb 23 - 1:44 PM

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

Lofty territory, and it speaks to Settle's (6'3/335) scintillating size/athleticism combination and upside. "Settle has rare gifts for a big man with good mass, play strength, quickness, and agility," Zierlein wrote. "He has the potential to become a very good starter with a Pro Bowl ceiling if he controls his weight and maintains his conditioning." An AFC defensive line coach broke Settle down to Zierlein thusly: "I need to watch him more but Bud (Foster) moved him around and I saw a guy who can play both nose spots, 3 (technique), 4, and maybe 5. Reminds me of when (Dontari) Poe came out. He ain't Poe, but he can play all over the line like Poe could."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 10:04 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that Virginia Tech DT Tim Settle has shown "quickness" during his training for the NFL Scouting Combine.

Settle (6'3/335) obviously won't post a tremendous 40-yard dash time at his size, but he doesn't have to. What he posts in the ten-yard splits are much more telling for his position, and those times are expected to be among the best of any defensive tackle in the class. "I’m told Settle’s 10-yard splits have been fast recently, clocking as low as 1.61," Pauline writes. "That’s quick for a guy expected to tip the scales around 325 pounds. By comparison, Eddie Vanderdoes of UCLA had the fastest 10-yard split at last year’s combine, timing 1.69. Rams All-Pro tackle Aaron Donald was clocked at 1.63 when he worked out at the combine." Draft Analyst currently has Settle with a third-round grade, but that could go up with a solid showing at the combine.
Feb 18 - 1:55 PM

An NFC scout told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein "good luck with your player comp on [Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds]."

"They don't come like him. I don't think there has ever been a linebacker that has had his size and speed," the scout explained. "You're better off comping him with a basketball player." Zierlein did ultimately come up with an NFL corollary for the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder, though, and it was a doozy: The analyst sees Edmunds as akin to Brian Urlacher, writing, that the Virginia Tech standout "has the traits and talent to become one of the best linebackers in the game." He'll be off the board on Day 1 this spring, very likely the first half of Day 1.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 16 - 2:52 PM

Athlon Sports' Jon Kinne would not be surprised to see Virginia Tech redshirt freshman QB Hendon Hooker push redshirt sophomore QB Joshua Jackson this offseason.

"Hooker performed well in last year’s spring game and if he outplays Jackson in the upcoming practices, there may be a full-on quarterback battle in August," Kinne writes. In that spring game which the analyst alludes to, the 6-foot-4, 204-pound Hooker -- a four-star recruit in the 2017 class -- completed 10-of-11 passes for 113 yards, a touchdown and an interception. While he represents an intriguing option for the Hokies, this is still Jackson's job to lose. A dark horse in this race, Kinne notes, could be incoming true freshman Quincy Patterson. Patterson will not be enrolling until the summer, though, meaning that it would take a Herculean effort for him to emerge as starter when all is said and done in August camp.
Feb 16 - 11:02 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is "anxious" to see the combine shuttle time for Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds, as he expects they may be somewhat slow for his position.

Pauline notes that Edmunds "does not have quick change-of-direction skills; he must slow and gather before he alters his path." While this could lead to a disappointing shuttle measurement in Indianapolis for the 6-foot-5, 236-pounder, on the whole, Edmunds' stock arrow seems to be pointing up as we track toward the combine. Pauline passes along that NFL teams are all in on the linebacker's "speed, size and power." The analyst hears that there's a real belief among scouts and evaluators that Edmunds will land within the first 12 picks.
Feb 14 - 2:39 PM

The MMQB staff ranks Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds as the No. 5 overall prospect.

This places Edmunds as the top off-ball linebacker on the board, even over Georgia's Roquan Smith. Edmunds biggest selling point per the MMQB? The linebacker "can be molded into just about anything a coaching staff wants him to be," mentioning his athleticism and pass rushing ability if a team wants him to specialize in the latter. Edmunds seems to have the trajectory of a top 15 selection.
Feb 14 - 10:03 AM

Virginia Tech received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 CB Mike Sainristil.

Sainristil (5'10/175) is ranked the second best prospect in the state of Massachusetts, and the 75th best corner in the class. He chooses the Hokies over offers from Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Boston college, just to name a few. Based on those schools offering, it sounds like Sainristil could be an impact player for the Hokies when he gets to campus in 2019.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 11 - 2:33 PM

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson writes that the Bears are looking for a long-term solution at outside linebacker, which could lead them to Virginia Tech's Tremaine Edmunds.

The Bears are looking for someone to pair with Leonard Floyd on the other side of the football, and they'd be hard-pressed to find someone in the class better than Edmunds would. As Dickerson writes: "Edmunds is supposed to be an athletic freak, who'll no doubt turn heads at the combine later in the month." There's a chance that he won't make it to Chicago with the eighth pick -- and the Bears also have needs at wide receiver and potentially cornerback -- but Edmunds and Floyd would give Chicago two excellent outside linebacker prospects.
Source: ESPN
Feb 11 - 1:14 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein spoke to an NFL scout who claims there is no comparable player for Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds.

"I don't think there has ever been a linebacker that has had his size and speed," the scout said. Edmunds is listed at 6-foot-5 and 250-pounds, a unique size for the position. We will get his real measurements at the NFL Combine, but the buzz has already begun for Edmunds NFL projection. Some are mentioning an Anthony Barr type role, and if you remember Barr made the transition from edge rusher to off the ball linebacker. Multiple media evaluators have placed Edmunds among the top 10 prospects in the class.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 9:52 AM

Virginia Tech signed uncommitted four-star 2018 LB Dax Hollifield.

Hollifield was one of the top targets left on the board for Virginia Tech, and he picked the Hokies over Stanford and UNC. He's rated the 8th best inside linebacker in the class, and was a member of the Army All-American Bowl. Reports indicate he has instincts for finding the football, and he's a sure tackler who can lower the boom. The Virginia Tech defense got better today; a scary thought considering how well it played for most of 2017.
Feb 1 - 2:34 PM

Virginia Tech director of player development Adam Lechtenberg has been named assistant head coach and executive director of player development.

Lechtenberg is expected to continue performing his previous off-field duties, but will now be allowed to work as an on-field coach as necessary. The Hokies did not specify what role he might serve in the on-field capacity.
Jan 30 - 1:41 PM

The Roanoke Times' Andy Bitter reports that Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente has received a one-year extension on his contract, now set to run through the 2024 season.

Fuente's little contract reworking also comes with a raise to $4 million for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He drew a salary of $3.25 million for the 2017 campaign. In two seasons at Virginia Tech, Fuente has posted an overall record of 19-8 (11-5 in conference). His name came up in coaching rumors on several occasions this offseason, perhaps a partial impetus for this new extension and raise.
Jan 30 - 1:35 PM

Virginia Tech CB Greg Stroman allowed the second-lowest passer rating of any cornerback in 2017 among 2018 NFL Draft eligible cornerbacks, according to Pro Football Focus.

Stroman's 26.8 passer rating allowed of 26.8 ranked second to only Louisville's Jaire Alexander (17.7). He intercepted four passes, and despite being targeted 47 times he allowed just 12 receptions. Of all draft-eligible cornerbacks, Stroman's 25.9 snaps played per reception ranked sixth. Long story short, Stroman was very good for a very good defense in 2017, and that's why he likely goes in the first 100 picks.
Jan 17 - 12:20 AM

NFL Media Analyst Daniel Jeremiah compares Virginia Tech junior LB Tremaine Edmunds to Minnesota Viking linebacker Anthony Barr.

Edmunds (6'4/240) has gotten rave reviews all season, and comparing him to a three-time Pro Bowl player like Barr isn't darning with faint praise. On the contrary based on the write-up by Jeremiah. "Edmunds is an elite athlete and he has unique height/length for an off-the-ball linebacker," he writes. "He reminds me so much of Barr coming out of UCLA. Both guys fit in any system and can play inside or outside. I think Edmunds will be a superstar at the next level."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 16 - 1:36 AM


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