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Virginia Tech football: Scouting Combine preview

Seven former Hokies will be participating at the combine.

NCAA Football: Clemson at Virginia Tech
Tim Settle chases down Clemson QB Kelly Bryant
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Draft season is here and for the Virginia Tech Hokies, there are several players attending this week’s NFL Scouting Combine. Junior linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is the headliner, of course, and most would expect Edmunds to put on a show. At 6’5”, 250 pounds, Edmunds runs like a defensive back and has the tape to prove he’s much more than just an athletic marvel.

While Edmunds is the headliner, one Hokie to pay attention to is defensive tackle Tim Settle. Settle was a stud for the Hokies in 2017. Most felt he could’ve used one more year in Blacksburg, but Settle felt the time was right to head to the NFL. And he was probably right. Players as a big as Settle don’t move like him. He has an opportunity to open more eyes with his performance in Indianapolis this week. Per Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst, Settle has been timed in the 10-yard split at 1.61 seconds. At over 330 pounds. The 10-yard split is much more important than the 40-yard dash for defensive linemen. Aaron Donald was clocked at 1.63 seconds when he came out a few years back and he weighs around 40 pounds less than Settle.

Three Virginia Tech defensive backs will be in Indy. Brandon Facyson, Greg Stroman and Terrell Edmunds. It will be interesting to see how Facyson and Edmunds perform. Stroman should run a blistering 40. He is being way underrated at this point and is going to be a steal for someone.

Finally, Wyatt Teller and Cam Phillips will be participating, too. Teller’s performance in Indianapolis shouldn’t affect him either way. Phillips is quicker than fast and could help an NFL team in the slot as a rookie. In a class where there isn’t much separation amongst the receivers, a big performance at the combine could lift Phillips’ stock.

We here at Gobbler Country wish all the former Hokies good luck in Indianapolis this week.