The 2018 NFL Combine is officially complete. All of the times have been recorded, and all the interviews have been conducted. In terms of workouts and testing results, it was a bit of a mixed bag for the seven Virginia Tech players that attended this week’s combine. Let’s recap this weekend’s combine, but from a Virginia Tech perspective.
Note: When a player’s testing result is listed, it is ranked where he finished relative to the rest of his position group. Not all players participated in every test, so the placement changes.
Height and weight: 6-foot-5, 253 pounds
Forty-yard-dash time: 4.54 seconds (fifth among linebackers)
Bench press: 19 reps (17th among linebackers)
Broad jump: 117 inches (tied for 12th among linebackers)
Virginia Tech’s sure-fire first-round pick didn’t ace all his combine testing, but it seems like he checked all of the boxes. At that size, a 4.54-second 40-yard-dash time is superb. Edmunds’ test results match what everyone sees on film, and his Combine performance caught the eyes of many.
It will be interesting polling GMs/scouts on their Top 5s after the Combine. I'm not talking Mock Draft but the 5 best players/prospects.. QB might not crack the list
Barkley, Chubb, Edmunds, Fitzpatrick and Nelson
— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) March 4, 2018
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 5, 2018
Edmunds’ status as a top-10 pick was likely solidified at the Combine this week. It would be surprising to see him fall outside of the top 15.
Height and weight: 6-foot-3, 329 pounds
Forty-yard-dash time: 5.37 seconds (fourth-worst among defensive linemen)
Broad jump: 96 inches (fourth-worst among defensive linemen)
Vertical jump: 23.5 inches (worst among defensive linemen)
Three-cone drill: 7.95 seconds (third-worst among defensive linemen)
Twenty-yard shuttle: 4.83 seconds (third-worst among defensive linemen)
Given his athleticism for his size, many expected Tim Settle to really show out at the Combine. He didn’t need to place himself at the top of any lists, but anywhere in the middle of the pack would have been quite impressive, given the fact that he’s nearly 330 pounds.
Instead, Settle struggled in the testing and on-field workouts. His 40-yard-dash time was disappointing, especially his 10-yard-split. Settle ran the first 10 yards of his two 40 times in 1.90 seconds and 1.91 seconds, both of which were slower than he had been running in his Combine preparation. Settle is known for his quick-twitch ability on the field, but he didn’t display it in his Combine tests.
Settle also struggled in a bag drill, which tests a player’s athleticism and coordination.
Not an ideal rep from Va Tech’s Tim Settle pic.twitter.com/GJzvd2hBVu
— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) March 4, 2018
Not all reviews of Settle’s performance from the combine were negative.
Combine's on-field drills aren't typically meant for guys like @HokiesFB NT Tim Settle, but he's battled all workout. Top-heavy run defender at 6'2" 333lbs. I see the will to work and he hasn't quite gassed out either. Some 'learns' from his day.#NFLCombine
— Dion Caputi (@nfldraftupdate) March 4, 2018
Settle has impressed scouts and analysts with his film, but the Combine was an opportunity for him to show a bit more. Instead, he’ll have to capitalize on Virginia Tech’s Pro Day and any individual workouts he attends.
Height and weight: 6-foot-4, 314 pounds
Forty-yard-dash time: 5.24 seconds (15th among offensive linemen)
Bench press: 30 reps (fifth among offensive linemen)
Vertical jump: 29 inches (12th among offensive linemen)
Broad jump: 114 inches (second among offensive linemen)
Three-cone drill: 7.45 seconds (fifth among offensive linemen)
Twenty-yard shuttle: 4.84 seconds (26th among offensive linemen)
One of the concerns facing Wyatt Teller in the pre-draft process is his perceived lack of athleticism. No one questions Teller’s strength — and for good reason — but there are questions about how well Teller can block in space. At the Combine, Teller was able to alleviate some of those concerns. Teller will never be the quickest or most agile offensive lineman in the NFL, but he seems to have enough to compete. Teller finished in the top-five in three different categories, and should definitely be a mid-round draft pick in May.
Height and weight: 6-feet, 201 pounds
Cam Phillips did not perform in any of the Combine’s tests or workouts, as far as I can tell. Perhaps Phillips is still recovering from the sports hernia surgery he had after the season. Hopefully for Phillips, he’ll be able to perform at Virginia Tech’s Pro Day on March 14.
Height and weight: 6-feet-and-a-half, 217 pounds
Forty-yard-dash: 4.47 seconds (tied for 22nd among defensive backs)
Broad jump: 134 inches (tied for second among defensive backs)
Vertical jump: 41.5 inches (tied for first among defensive backs)
Even though Terrell Edmunds didn’t participate in many of the on-field tests, he did well in the ones he did participate in. Edmunds ran a solid 4.47-second time in the 40-yard-dash, even at 217 pounds. He then flashed good athleticism in both the broad jump and the vertical jump, finishing in the top group in both events. In 2017, Edmunds didn’t look as athletic at 220 pounds. At the Combine, Edmunds seemed to flash the athleticism that everyone saw in 2016. If Edmunds does well at Virginia Tech’s Pro Day, he could really start boosting his draft stock.
Height and weight: 5-foot-11, 182 pounds
Forty-yard-dash time: 4.48 seconds (23rd among defensive backs)
Bench press: 16 reps (tied for 18th among defensive backs)
Vertical jump: 33.5 inches (37th among defensive backs)
Broad jump: 113 inches (tied for worst among defensive backs)
Twenty-yard shuttle: 4.45 seconds (tied for second-worst among defensive backs)
Greg Stroman didn’t do well in any of his Combine tests. He’s been regarded as the fastest player on the team for a few seasons now, but turned in a 40-yard-dash time slower than Terrell Edmunds. As athletic as Stroman is during games, one would expect him to turn in a solid performance at the Combine. Let’s see how he does at Pro Day.
Height and weight: 6-foot-2, 197 pounds
Forty-yard-dash time: 4.53 seconds (36th among defensive backs)
Bench press: 16 reps (tied for 18th among defensive backs)
The Combine isn’t a place where a player like Brandon Facyson is expected to do well. He’s never been a freaky athlete, but he’s always been talented and intelligent on the field. Facyson is a bigger corner who will never rely on athleticism, so his film is the best place to watch him perform.
Virginia Tech players will have another chance to impress NFL scouts and coaches on March 14, at Virginia Tech’s Pro Day. Representatives from all 32 NFL teams are expected to be in attendance, giving these former Hokies a chance to boost their draft stock. The 2018 NFL Draft begins on April 26 and runs through April 28.