Tremaine Edmunds of Virginia Tech celebrates with fans after being selected by the Buffalo Bills. (Michael Ainsworth / AP)
The football careers of Tremaine, Terrell and Trey Edmunds have been related since the day that the legendary Virginia Tech football coach, Frank Beamer, sat in a gym in Danville, Virginia, and He told his mother that he wanted the three boys to be Hokies. Trey, the eldest, was a young man in high school. His brothers were still in high school.
Next year, everyone will be together in the NFL.
Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds provided one of the most memorable moments of the NFL draft on Thursday night, especially for fans of Hokies, by becoming the first brothers in history to be selected in the first round in the same year. Tremaine, a 19-year-old linebacker who was also the second youngest player to be drafted since 1967, went to the Bills with the sixteenth overall pick. Terrell, a safety, was taken by the Steelers at n. ° 28.
Trey, a runner who spent three seasons at Virginia Tech before being transferred to Maryland, was picked up by the Saints as a free agent not recruited last season. 19659006] [ Winners and losers of the first round of the NFL draft: AFC East shoots out]
Tremaine, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound American in 2017, had 226 tackles and 35 tackles for loss in three years at Virginia Tech and he was expected to rise in the first round. Terrell, a 6-foot-2-inch redshirt junior in 2017, played cornerback, rover and free safety for defensive coordinator Bud Foster. He had 182 tackles, 6.5 tackles to lose and six interceptions in three years as a starter.
Terrell did not expect to hear his name in the first round, but was at AT & T Stadium on Thursday to support his younger brother. The entire family was in Arlington, Texas, including mother Felicia and Father Ferrell, a former Pro Bowl tight end who played in Miami and Seattle.
"He comes from a big family," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said of Terrell at a press conference. "His father, Ferrell Edmunds, was actually with the Miami Dolphins when we selected him."
Colbert said he had dinner with Tremaine, Terrell, Felicia and Ferrell the night before Virginia Tech's pro day.
"Seeing that family interacts, it was really encouraging to see two great players from a big family," he said. Colbert. "It was a great moment."
The Edmunds were the tenth and eleventh first-round selection in the history of Virginia Tech and the first since the Bears selected Kyle Fuller -the one from another great family dynasty of Hokies- at number 14 in 2014. Trey , Terrell and Tremaine were the last 25 sets of brothers that Beamer trained in his 29-year career. Kendall Fuller, Kyle's brother, called Thursday's milestone "a blessing."
Colbert saw the Edmunds brothers as the majority in Blacksburg: Tremaine, whom his parents still call "baby", is a little calmer. Terrell is more sociable. Their connection was easy to see when they got together at Virginia Tech; they hardly needed to talk over a murmur to communicate.
"He's a smart, mature guy," Colbert said of Terrell. "His brother is a little calmer, he's younger, but Terrell was more verbal, so it was fun to watch, but the way they interacted together and then see them the next day on the field and see their parents again involved with the football aspect, it was nice to see. "
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