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Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds tackles UVa’s Olamide Zaccheaus from behind during Tech’s 10-0 victory in Charlottesville on Nov. 24, 2017.

It's early in the draft process, but if the mock drafts are right, Hokies linebacker Tremaine Edmunds won't have to wait long to hear his name called this April.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. raved about the Virginia Tech All-American, calling him the linebacker with the most upside in the draft and projecting him going at No. 12 to the Cincinnati Bengals. But he's not alone in being high on the youngest Edmunds brother.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has Edmunds going to the 49ers at No. 9 in the first round. Land of 10 agrees with Kiper and has the Bengals taking him at No. 12.

SB Nation has him going to the Packers at No. 14. SEC Country has him at No. 20 to the Lions. Walter Football has him going at No. 22 to the Bills. CBS Sports also has him going to Buffalo.

He's not in every mock draft's first round. He's not up there in Pro Football Focus' mock or Bleacher Report's.

If Edmunds does go that high, he'd be the first Hokies player to be selected in the first round since Kyle Fuller went to the Bears with pick No. 14 in 2014.

A Virginia Tech player from the defensive front seven has not gone in the first round since Bruce Smith went No. 1 overall in 1985.

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Here are a few more links of interest for your Sunday reading ...

-- Officially, there were 106 underclassmen who entered the draft. Thirteen more -- including Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds -- graduated before entering the draft., despite having eligibility left.

-- Cornerback Brandon Facyson played in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday. He was listed as a prospect to watch by sites that covered the lead-up to the game. 

-- Greg Stroman and Cam Phillips were both invited to the game, and Stroman even went through part of practice during the week, but neither played. Stroman apparently was dealing with some kind of leg injury. Phillips is still recovering from sports hernia surgery.

-- Andrew Motuapuaka was part of the defense for the National team that shut out the American team 23-0 at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Los Angeles. He had a fumble recovery and reportedly had a good week.

-- In former Hokies news, running back Travon McMillian will play for Colorado next fall as a graduate transfer.

-- I did a Hokies mailbag on Friday covering a variety of topics, starting off with one about how many ACC teams could win 10 games next season.

-- Virginia Tech appeared twice on this list of the top 100 games in 2017. The West Virginia win came in at No. 37 and the Pitt win was No. 92.

-- A couple of Virginia Tech alums, including former All-America offensive lineman Eugene Chung, are part of the Philadelphia Eagles' staff.

-- On the basketball front, Virginia Tech sure doesn't look like an NCAA Tournament team after a 91-82 home loss to Florida State on Saturday. Aaron McFarling writes that the Hokies are still seeking a win that's worth a darn.

-- The guys at the top of the post weren't the only ones participating in postseason showcase games.

-- Virginia Tech's in the offseason conditioning portion of the year.

-- The Hokies probably could have workshopped this T-shirt slogan a bit more.

Contact Andy Bitter at andy.bitter@roanoke.com or 381-1676. Follow him on Twitter: @AndyBitterVT.


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