- AProjectionRound 1
- Hand9 ⅜
- Arm34 ½
Strong Points: Tall, lean, long and well-muscled frame. Still has growth potential. Runs well and has good change of direction and body control. Plays with bend. Two-year starter who was very productive with more than 100 tackles in each of the past two seasons. Consistent run defender who makes plays vs. both the inside and outside run. Excellent range. Shows he can get rid of blockers fairly quickly. Very good in coverage --plays man against backs without a problem and can get depth very quickly in zone. Will be a 20-year-old rookie. Combine workout was outstanding.
Weak Points: Not an anticipator but more of a reactor. He can get away with that in college but not the NFL. Might be too tall to play inside at the NFL level. Can get tall at times when taking on blocks. Not as much pass rush production as a guy with his physical traits should have. Needs to develop pass rush moves.
The Way We See It: A true junior, Edmunds is a unique prospect -- it's not often that we see inside linebackers who are close to 6-foot-5. Very productive college player, but he is more of a reactor than an anticipator. In the NFL, instincts matter at the LB position. He can get tall at times, but Edmunds still uses his hands well to shed. He's better in pursuit than defending runs right at him. Needs to make a few more plays at or near the LOS (line of scrimmage). Very good coverage guy who gets depth with his drop and can play man. Plants and closes on the ball quickly. Not used a lot as a blitzer/pass rusher and needs to develop his pass rush technique. Overall, Edmunds is a very good prospect who is not quite there yet. With his frame, he might be better off outside, but if he plays there he needs to improve his pass rush skills. Has a lot of upside. He will be graded differently by each club depending on their profile for the position. With his size and athleticism, he has some Brian Urlacher to him -- but he's not Urlacher. He can control the middle of the field in zone similarly to what Urlacher was able to do. I'm not as high as others on Edmunds because he doesn't have top instincts, but at his age they will get better. Could be a top-10 guy.