Former Virginia Tech nose tackle Timothy Settle made the difficult decision to leave Blacksburg after his redshirt sophomore season to enter the 2018 NFL Draft earlier this year and it appears his stock is trending upward.
WalterFootball.com has rated Settle as the No. 4 defensive tackle available in this draft class and projects that he’ll most likely go on Day Two. However, a recent mock draft from Mike Tanier of Bleacher Report actually has Settle going in the first round.
Tanier sends Settle to the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles with the No. 32 overall pick in the draft. And he’s got a pretty compelling reason for thinking it’s a fit.
“Decision-makers Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas like to mix Moneyball with old-school Bill Parcells reasoning: 330-pound defensive tackles who can move are rare commodities, so draft them whenever you can,” Tanier writes. “Settle is a 330-pounder who can move.
“He battled conditioning issues at Virginia Tech, but the Eagles will only need him for a 30-snap rotation role in the short term, and Cox and Jernigan (and line coach Phillip Daniels and others in the tight-knit Eagles organization) will keep Settle from getting carried away with second helpings.”
Settle recorded an impressive 36 tackles with 12.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks in 2017 and at 6-foot-3 and 335 pounds he could become one of the darlings of the draft with an impressive combine performance.
He also is projected to go No. 26 by Chris Trapasso of CBSSportscom.