Tim Settle is hoping to parlay his first season as a starter at Virginia Tech into an NFL career. The redshirt sophomore announced his decision to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft on Twitter on Thursday morning.
— Tim Settle Jr (@tim_settle) January 4, 2018
Settle, a redshirt sophomore, started all 13 games in 2017 for the Hokies after coming off the bench in 2016. Settle finished his last season at Virginia Tech with 36 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. Settle played a particularly important role this season, given the Hokies’ lack of depth at defensive tackle. Settle and battery mate Ricky Walker were often forced to play more snaps than normal, but still excelled.
Virginia Tech will be even more thin at the position now. Walker is expected to return to Virginia Tech for his final year of eligibility, but he’ll be the only player at the position next season with legitimate playing time experience.
Other Hokies still have an NFL decision to make. Redshirt junior Terrell Edmunds and junior Tremaine Edmunds are both candidates to declare for the NFL Draft, but have yet to announce their intent. Players must declare by Jan. 16 in order to be entered in this year’s draft.