The NFL hype surrounding former Virginia Tech Hokies linebacker Tremaine Edmunds has been on the rise. On Friday, he received his best ranking or draft grade yet from The Sporting News.
Eric Galko of The Sporting News placed Edmunds at No. 4 overall on his list of best non-quarterback prospects available in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here’s the reason Galko provided for including the Virginia Tech linebacker in the top five:
A 6-4, 230-pound off-ball linebacker, Edmunds is a rare athlete who is able to work as an edge pass-rusher, an interior blitzer and a stack-and-shed linebacker in the middle. With tremendous room for growth, he’s arguably the most unique player in the entire draft class.
The ACC was pretty well represented at the top of the list, as the conference took three of the top 11 spots. That was tied with the Big Ten for the most players for a conference in the top 11. The ACC also had two players in the top five.
The only players ranked ahead of Edmunds on the list were Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson and N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb.
Galko is the second draft expert to call Edmunds a top five prospect in the last couple weeks. Last week, SI’s MMQB ranked the Hokies linebacker at No. 5 overall.
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