Edmunds, who won't turn 20 years old until next Wednesday, became the first teenager drafted since 2007, when the Houston Texans selected defensive tackle Amobi Okoye out of Louisville, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
And then the versatile safety from Virginia Tech's phone rang on Thursday night.
The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker made a miraculous walk across the stage to the podium on Thursday at AT&T Stadium to announce the team's first-round pick (number 28), making for one of the most memorable moments in draft history.
"I was surprised, honestly" to be picked, Edmunds said. If this is the case, Edmunds will be a benefactor of recently suspect quarterback play from Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton, and whoever the Browns put on the field.
"It's a blessing for my family overall", said Edmunds, whose father Ferrell made the Pro Bowl twice during his six-year National Football League career as a tight end for Miami and Seattle. Colbert pointed out there were times during Edmunds' career at Virginia Tech he would flip from strong safety to free safety on the same play. Some of that flexibility is what attracted us to him as well.
"We've got seven picks (now)", Colbert said.
Smith was the first Hokies player to go in the first round when the was the No. 1 overall selection of the Buffalo Bills in 1985. In 2004, DeAngelo Hall (eighth) and Kevin Jones (30th) were drafted by Atlanta and Detroit, respectively. Their father, Ferrell, was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third round of the 1988 draft.