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Virginia Tech Hokies in the 2018 NFL Draft: Tim Settle

Tim Settle came to Virginia Tech in 2015, choosing the Hokies over other big offers. How high will Settle go this week?

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Former Virginia Tech DT Tim Settle at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.
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Tim Settle came to Virginia Tech in 2015 with high expectations. The defensive tackle had offers from several high-profile programs around the country, but his weight and grades were seen as an issue by some schools. So, the Hokies stayed with Settle – and Settle worked hard – to get eligible and become a strong presence on the defensive line over the last two years.

As a redshirt freshman in 2016, Settle played in all 14 games behind experienced starters Woody Baron and Nigel Williams. Settle recorded 17 tackles, including seven for loss in his first season. Settle and Ricky Walker took over as starters in 2017, giving Virginia Tech, arguably, its most dominant defensive tackle duo ever. Settle started all 13 games, making 36 tackles, including 12.5 for loss and four sacks.

After his breakout campaign, Settle decided to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

At 6’3”, 335 pounds, Settle is an intriguing option. With his massive size, Settle can play inside in a 4-3 defense or play the nose in the 3-4 defense. Settle’s best attribute is his overall athleticism for someone of his size. With the Hokies, Settle not only was dominant against the run, but he showed the ability to collapse the pocket and get after the passer. NFL teams want defensive linemen who can play all three downs. Settle has proven he can do that by offering some pass-rush ability.

Settle should be picked anywhere from the second round to early in round four. The third round is likely his sweet spot. Settle possesses as much upside as any defensive tackle in this class. The Washington Redskins have shown an interest in Settle and brought him in for a visit.

We here at Gobbler Country wish nothing but the best for Tim.