Virginia Tech’s Terrell and Tremaine Edmunds are first brothers drafted in first round

While Terrell, a safety, wasn't projected for the opening round, his younger brother Tremaine, the dynamic linebacker prospect, was widely thought to be a surefire first-round selection.

Kahron Spearman

Safety Terrell Edmunds and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds of Virginia Tech were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night - marking it as the first occasion that brothers were drafted in the opening round, per ESPN.

Terrell was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 28th pick, 12 picks after the Buffalo Bills to traded up to draft his younger brother, Tremaine, with the 16th pick.

It's a blessing for my family overall. It didn't matter where [Tremaine] went and I went. I'm thankful to everyone for supporting us all the way.

Terrell Edmunds

While the ultra-talented but raw 19-year-old Tremaine was widely expected to be taken within the top 20, Terrell's ascension into the first round was one of the surprises of the night - given he was a late second to third-round pick on most TV talent evaluators' boards.


It was so surprising that Terrell hadn't at all expected to hear his name called on Thursday night.


"I was surprised, honestly," he said, per ESPN. "I'm ready. I'm telling you I'm ready."