Virginia Tech will have more holes to fill on defense in 2018 after Terrell and Tremaine Edmunds announced Wednesday that they will declare for the NFL Draft. "These last three seasons were great and I will always have lifelong memories there".
"It's time for me to start building a new road, to fulfill the dreams I've always had", Terrell Edmunds wrote. Edmunds finished as a finalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebaker, this past season.
"After talking with my family and coaches, I have chose to declare for the 2018 National Football League draft, Hokie Nation [sic]", Terrell Edmunds said via his Twitter account (@rell_island6).
The eldest Edmunds brother, Trey, is a current member of the New Orleans Saints. He registered 109 tackles, including 14½ for losses this season, along with 5½ sacks.
Their decisions are a blow to a Virginia Tech defense that already lost defensive tackle Tim Settle to the draft, in addition to watching senior cornerbacks Greg Stroman and Brandon Facyson and linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka exhaust their eligibility.
Junior defensive tackle Ricky Walker announced earlier this month he will be back to play his senior season. The Danville, Virginia native also becomes only the sixth Hokie since 1987 to have recorded 100 tackles in back-to-back seasons joining the likes of Jack Tyler, Vince Hall, Mikal Baaqee, Ben Taylor and George DelRicco.Many speculate that the 6-foot-5, 250-pound linebacker is among the best players in the draft.
Tremaine Edmunds earned third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press this season, making him Tech's first All-American since 2014, when cornerback Kendall Fuller made the Walter Camp and AP teams. He is ranked as the No. 64 overall prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com, and is ranked No. 4 among outside linebackers.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Terrell Edwards, who tallied 59 tackles and 2 interceptions prior to a season-ending shoulder injury in November, is projected as a second- to third-round selection.
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