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Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech [MLB/ ILB] – Tom Like

Name: Tremaine Edmunds

Position: MLB/ ILB

School: Virginia Tech

Class: Junior

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 253lbs

40 Time: 4.54

Games Watched: All 2016 and 2017 tape.

 

Overview

A 19 year old athletic freak who will turn 20 a week after the combine. Edmunds has football in his blood as his father Ferrell was a third round pick in 1988 and spent 14 years in the league, earning two pro bowl nods. Edmunds’ brother Terrell is also hoping to be drafted in 2018 while his other brother Trey plays for the New Orleans Saints. As a junior in 2017, Edmunds finished with 108 tackles and 5.5 sacks and was a finalist for the Butkus Award.

 

Strengths

Extremely rare size. There has never been an inside linebacker this big, this fast with this much potential. The nearest comparison is Brian Urlacher who this year was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His rare size is combined with exceptional speed and explosiveness as Edmunds is a highly versatile linebacker prospect. He is extremely fluid despite his size and should become even more imposing as he adds bulk with an NFL strength and conditioning programme.

Edmunds has exceptional straight line speed and his long frames means he often beats backs to the spot on outside runs. His speed and fluidity translate into coverage where he is capable playing both man and zone. Inside Edmunds is a competent tackler against the run and his size allows him to take on blocks and plug gaps inside. Edmunds is the complete package and was an effective blitzer in college racking up 10 career sacks.

There has never been an inside linebacker prospect with this combination of size and speed who has All-Pro potential if matched with the right fit and great coaching. If he can improve his decision making a processing speed, Edmunds should excel in and around the tackle box. His skill set would suit either a 4-3 MLB or SAM, or a 3-4 ILB.

 

Weaknesses

Edmunds is only 19 so it is to be expected that his instincts are average. In college he relied on his athletic gifts and his lack of instincts left him severely out of position at times. Edmunds lacks patience and his feet were way too active pre-snap as he’d often bite on misdirection or take random steps inside of watching the ball.

Processing speed is the biggest knock on Edmunds and he would benefit from a great position coach and a leader next to him in the meeting rooms. While Edmunds’ size allows him to take on blocks, at times his average core strength found him weak at the point of attack. In coverage, Edmunds could also benefit from improved technique as he’s prone to bust coverage.

 

Bottom Line

This is a classic example of grading a prospect based on the potential player he could be, rather than how he fared in college. His rare combination of size, speed and play making potential is salivating. Edmunds has the potential to be one of the top linebackers in football but that needs to be balanced with the risk that he is unable to process the game at NFL play speed and be found out of position down after down. Edmunds’ potential is worthy of a top-10 pick and it is difficult to see him falling further than Oakland or Miami at 11 and 12.

 

Grade: Top-10 pick (projected to go top-10)

Pro Comparison: Brian Urlacher

 

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