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Confident Tremaine Edmunds leads Virginia Tech pro day

Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds going through drills at his March 14 pro day. (Photo, Stephen Pimpo Jr./ABC7)

The cold, wind and snow did not stop linebacker Tremaine Edmunds from building on a strong NFL Combine at Virginia Tech's pro day.

The projected top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft did nothing to dispel his status as the class's top-rated linebacker. Edmunds is a sight to behold up close, towering over his teammates and displaying the athleticism that defensive coordinators covet in a modern-day NFL linebacker.

He looked fast and energetic in drills in spite of the chill inside Virginia Tech’s Indoor Practice Facility.

NFL general managers like Kevin Colbert of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Reggie McKenzie of the Oakland Raiders and coaches like the Steelers' Mike Tomlin were among the many NFL talent evaluators watching the 6-foot-5, 253-pound defender display the tools that helped him amass 226 tackles, 35 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks during his three seasons with the Hokies. The 19-year-old is also not short on confidence.

"Yes sir," Edmunds said when asked if he was the best defender in the draft.

Edmunds's combination of size, speed and athleticism has many predicting that he could succeed as both an off-the-ball linebacker and an edge rusher.

"I can adjust to anything," Edmunds said. "All I can control is, like I said, just going out there, showing them what I can do, giving 100 percent."

Defensive tackle Tim Settle was looking to rebound after an NFL Combine that saw him rank near the bottom of many tests. He was pushed hard Wednesday by a member of the Cincinnati Bengals' staff during drills and was the focus of plenty of attention.

Settle reportedly weighed in a 323 pounds, down from the 329 he weighed at the combine. He also shaved his 40-yard dash time down from 5.37 seconds to 5.19 seconds.

"My whole goal today was to just come in here and just dominate everything as far as [increasing] my numbers and I did that," Settle said.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Settle used his size and strength to rack up 19.5 tackles for a loss in two seasons in Blacksburg.

Wide receiver Cam Phillips used the day as an opportunity to make up for lost time in his draft journey after rehab from his sports hernia surgery kept him out of the combine.

Phillips said he played with the injury all last season and says the recovery process is one of the hardest things he has faced. He caught passes, ran routes and clocked in an unofficial 4.66 40-yard dash but says he expects to be faster when he is fully healthy.

Phillips was the Maryland Offensive Player of the Year out of DeMatha Catholic High School in 2013 and prides himself on his route running and football intelligence. He is rated as a late-round draft pick.

"You won't regret it," Phillips said to anyone considering drafting him.


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