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2018 Virginia Tech prospect primer

NOV 05 Virginia Tech at Duke
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Scouting Notes

2018 Virginia Tech prospect primer

Below are the notable Virginia Tech players eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft.  The Hokies enjoyed a successful year in 2016; winning 10 games and playing eventual National Champion Clemson tough in the ACC Championship. But the team lost transfer QB Jerod Evans to the NFL, and will have to find a replacement to run the ship.

Offense

Virginia Tech wide receiver Cam Phillips (5) is tackled during the ACC Championship. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)

Wide Receiver Cam Phillips – 6000, 199 – Senior

Phillips certainly has some receiving skill but his utilization in the Hokies offense hasn’t shown a lot of direct translation to the NFL. He’s frequently used as a screen player and a quick hitting ball carrier. Phillips will face a notable test in the Virginia Tech offense this year, as they’ve lost Bucky Hodges and Isaiah Ford to the NFL.

Phillips will be a much more active skill player as a result.

Running Back Travon McMillian – 6000, 210 – Redshirt Junior

Defense

Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds – 6050, 250 – Junior

Edmunds experienced a breakout season in 2016; tallying 106 total tackles and a whopping 18.5 tackles for loss. Edmunds is *BIG*; listed at 6’5 and 250 lbs. That size is complimented with quick mental processing; an impressive combination. Edmunds has the makings of a potential early round target with more consistency.

Cornerback Brandon Facyson – 6020, 197 – Redshirt Senior

Virginia Tech has had a strong pedigree of NFL talent at the cornerback position; most recently with the Fuller brothers. Facyson looks to continue carrying that torch; he’s a physical boundary defender with length to dictate his will on receivers as both a press defender and a run support player.

But his length can be a limiting factor in space; where his transitions require some additional steps and more time. Facyson will likely appeal to only certain defensive schemes; his skills are not universal.

Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs is the founder/Director of Scouting of NDT Scouting Services, a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the lead NFL Draft analyst for the FanRag Sports Network.

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