2018 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds lands in top 5 of The MMQB’s big board

Tremaine Edmunds had a tremendous three-year career with Virginia Tech, and now he’s poised to be one of the first players taken off the board in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.

According to SI.com’s MMQB, Edmunds (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) is considered a top-5 overall prospect and is the best linebacker in his class. Here’s what was written about the Danville, V.A. product, courtesy of the website staff’s latest big board rankings:

Edmunds is still something of a work in progress, but with a rare combination of size and athleticism he can be molded into just about anything a coaching staff wants him to be. He has the range to go sideline-to-sideline as a traditional middle linebacker, and the length and fluid athleticism to match up with tight ends in coverage. And despite it not always being in his job description, he’s an explosive edge rusher with star potential if he’s asked to play the edge full-time.

As a junior in 2017, Edmunds tallied a team-high 108 tackles (14 for loss) with 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles, surging him to the top of the draft commodity list and leaving him no choice but to forgo his senior season.

NFL.com has already provided a player comparison: Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher. That’s quite the juxtaposition, but clearly scouts are high on his trajectory. Here’s what one anonymous NFC regional scout had to say about Edmunds’ ridiculous athleticism:

Good luck with your player comp on this one. They don’t come like him. I don’t think there has ever been a linebacker that has had his size and speed. You’re better off comping him with a basketball player.

If projections prove to be true, Edmunds can become the first Virginia Tech linebacker to be selected in the first round  in program history.

The 2018 NFL Draft will begin on Thursday, April 26.

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