Former Dolphin Edmunds in NFL version of "My Three Sons"

Former tight end Ferrell Edmunds explains how his three sons could be playing in the NFL this season.

Welcome to pro football's version of "My Three Sons," with former tight end Ferrell Edmunds front and center of what is about to become a reality NFL series.

Edmunds is the father, and he was good enough in seven seasons with Miami and Seattle to be named to two Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team. But that was then, and this is now ... and now he has has one son (Trey) in the league with New Orleans and two others (Tremaine and Terrell) on the verge of joining in in two weeks in the NFL draft.

In fact, Tremaine, who was a linebacker at Virginia Tech, is projected to be a first-round choice and Terrell, who can play both safety and linebacker and who also attended Virginia Tech, could go in the second. All three played for their father at Dan River High School in Ringgold, Va., and all starred there -- mostly, he said, because they outworked others.

"Talent will pass on through genes," said Dad, "but I think more than anything else the boys took on the work ethic. No matter how talented you may be, you've got to put in the work to be successful."

Trey did. He made the Saints as an undrafted free agent. Tremaine and Terrell did, too, with the two starring for the 24th-ranked Hokies last season. But where their father, Ferrell Edmunds, was a third-round draft pick, Tremaine almost surely becomes a first-rounder when the draft is held in Dallas on April 25.

"I always thought he was a special kid," said Ferrell. "All my boys are special. I mean, I look at 'Maine, and I look at Trey, and I always dreamed of what path would God take them. Being an athlete each boy is going to go on his own path. The path you may think may be there ... it may be a different path.

"I looked at Tremaine, and I remember in high school -- his last high-school game -- I played him at running back. He touched the ball five times and scored five touchdowns ... as a 6-5 running back. You know what I mean? 'Maine got hurt in that game, and the first thing (the opposing) coach told me after the game was, 'You know what? I ain't never wished a kid to get hurt. But that strengthened our chance to win. Your son is a phenomenal athlete.'

"I knew he had talent. But his drive, and his just being competitive really helps him out a whole lot."