Scouting the ACC: Virginia Tech

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Through the years, Virginia Tech has placed a lot of talent from the defensive side of the ball into the NFL Draft. Expect the next generation of Hokies defensive prospects to hear their names called in the April 2018 draft.

I presently grade linebacker Tremaine Edmunds as a second-round choice but fully believe that, if he improves his game and turns in a productive campaign in 2017, he will vault into Round 1.

The junior is an explosive three-down defender with outstanding size. Forceful up the field, Edmunds stacks well against the run while also impacting games on the blitz. He’s athletic, covers a good amount of area on the field and makes plays in coverage as well as pursuit.

I love Edmunds' versatility and ability to play multiple linebacker spots in a variety of schemes and feel his upside is immense.

Little brother Terrell Edmunds, also a junior, is a tough, downhill safety with top-notch cover skills between the numbers. I don’t project Terrell as a true free safety yet feel he’d do well in a zone system.

There are a variety of opinions on cornerback Brandon Facyson, most of which are negative, but I disagree.

While I understand concerns over his durability and inconsistency, I’ve seen flashes of dominance the past three years and feel the best of Facyson overrides the risk of his pitfalls.

Facyson offers terrific size (over 6-foot-1), next-level speed (mid 4.4s 40-yard dash) and enough ball skills to vault into the second day of the draft if he stays healthy and plays well in 2017.

Virginia Tech

Grade

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

3.85

2nd

Tremaine Edmunds

OLB

49

3Jr

3.62

3rd

Brandon Facyson

CB

31

5Sr

3.44

5th

Trevon Hill

DE

94

3So

3.40

5th

Terrell Edmunds

S

22

4Jr

3.33

6th

Yosuah Nijman

T

69

3Jr

3.32

6-7

Travon McMillian

RB

34

4Jr

3.28

7th

Vinny Mihota

DT

99

4Jr

3.20

FA

Tim Settle

DT

97

3So

3.11

FA

Andrew Motuapuaka

ILB

54

4Sr

3.02

FA

Cameron Phillips

WR

5

4Sr

3.00

FA

Chris Cunningham

TE

85

3So

3.00

FA

Gregory Stroman

CB

3

4Sr

2.98

FA

Adonis Alexander

CB

36

3Jr

2.95

FA

Mook Reynolds

CB

6

3Jr

2.94

FA

Wyatt Teller

G

57

5Sr

2.77

FA

Eric Gallo

C

64

4Sr