Steelers Draft Safety Terrell Edmunds, Trade Wide Receiver Martavis Bryant


The Pittsburgh Steelers’ selection of Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds in the first round of the annual NFL draft on Thursday night was nearly overshadowed by a trade they made with the Oakland Raiders.

The Steelers dealt wide receiver Martavis Bryant to the Oakland Raiders for the Raiders’ third-round draft pick – the number-79 selection overall.

Edmunds was drafted with the number-28 pick, just twelve selections after his brother, Tremaine Edmunds, a Virginia Tech linebacker, was taken by the Buffalo Bills.  It is the first time in NFL history in which two brothers were both chosen in the draft’s first round, and only the second time in which Virginia Tech ended up with two first-rounders.

Terrell Edmunds (6-1; 217 lbs.) missed three games last season after recording four interceptions for the Hokies in 2016.

Bryant has caught 17 passes in 36 NFL games.  He has also been suspended twice for violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Rounds two and three of the NFL draft are scheduled for Friday, with the rest of the activity set for Saturday in Arlington, Texas.  Here are Thursday night’s top five picks:


  1. Cleveland  –  QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
  2.  NY Giants  –  RB Saquan Barkley, Penn State
  3.  NY Jets  –  QB Sam Darnold, Southern California
  4.  Cleveland  –  CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State
  5.  Denver  –  DE Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State