This has truly been a draft for the ages for the Virginia Tech Hokies. Not many pundits, myself included, had TWO Hokies going in the first round. It was kind of funny to see USA TODAY rip the Pittsburgh Steelers for taking Terrell Edmunds. Edmunds describes when he gets the call below:
I wasn’t super sold on Edmunds being a 2nd rounder, but he does have the potential to something special with a proven N.F.L. franchise. The last time the Steelers’ made a surprise first round selection of a defensive back? In 2003, the Steelers surprised the draft gurus by reaching for a U.S.C. Trojans’ product by the name of Troy Polamalu. I’m not saying that Edmunds is guaranteed to have a Hall of Fame career by any stretch, but you can’t deny the players’ similarities. Edmunds has a nasty streak as evidenced by some targeting calls in his Virginia Tech career. Polamalu was a known thumper who helped stopped the run as well as he did defending the pass.
In addition to the surprise of the second Hokie taken in the first, the other cool Virginia Tech story involves the Washington Redskins. The Redskins nabbed two Hokies, albeit it in different rounds.
Wyatt Teller also will be reunited with a Virginia Tech Hokie. Teller was taken in the fifth round, and the Buffalo Bills made a great decision. Teller was actually recruited to Virginia Tech as a DT, but made the switch to offense. The Bills Mafia now has even deeper Virginia Tech ties.