NFL Draft Prospect Breakdown: Tremaine Edmunds

Other Breakdowns

Quenton Nelson – 93/100
Saquon Barkley
 – 92/100
Bradley Chubb – 89/100
Derwin James – 88/100
Roquan Smith – 87/100
Minkah Fitzpatrick – 87/100
Harold Landry – 85/100
Rashaan Evans – 84/100
Will Hernandez – 84/100
Baker Mayfield – 84/100
Sam Darnold – 83/100
Josh Rosen – 83/100
Lamar Jackson – 82/100
Marcus Davenport – 82/100
Calvin Ridley – 81/100
Josh Allen – 77/100
Leighton Vander Esch – 77/100

Stats, Awards, and Accolades

tremaineedmunds

*All Stats via sports-reference.com*

Class: Junior
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 253 lbs

Tremaine Edmunds is a freak of nature. Running at over 250 pounds, he recorded a 4.54 40-yard dash at the combine, coming in the 92nd percentile. Edmunds’ stats aren’t too shabby either. In his three years at Virginia Tech, he increased his tackle production and sacks each year, and finished 5th in the ACC in solo tackles for the 2017 season. Edmunds is also a spark on the defensive end, forcing three fumbles in his junior year, as well as a fumble recovery and an interception as a sophomore.

For this article, I rewatched two of Tremaine Edmunds’ games. Both of which were primetime games on the road. The first was against ACC Coastal Division champion Miami, and the other was against VT’s rivals, the Virginia Cavaliers. Miami’s offense ranked 36th and Virginia’s offense ranked 109th in Bill Connely’s offensive rankings for 2017. The Hokies pitched a shutout against Virginia in that Thanksgiving Friday game on ESPN.

Pros

Relentless blitzer
Good hands
Great size
Can play in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense
Deals with blockers
Extremely scheme-versatile
Very good in pass coverage
Strong and quick
Big hitter, can create turnovers
Thumper on the inside
Great burst
Sheds blocks
Nice closing speed

Cons

Can be overaggressive
Not the best at diagnosing plays
Can be tricked by play action
Tackling technique is good, but not great
Relies on athleticism at times

Grades

Speed – 8.5/10
Coverage – 8.5/10
Tackling – 8/10
Block-Shedding – 9/10
Pass Rush – 9/10

Scheme Fits

Middle Linebacker – 8.5/10
Weak-Side Linebacker – 10/10
Strong-Side Linebacker – 10/10

Overall Grade: 89/100

A reminder, this where I think he should go, not where he will go, these rankings also DO NOT take into account positional importance

90+ Superstar
85+ Elite Player (Top Ten)
80+ First Round Talent
77+ Second Round Talent
74+ Third Round Talent
66+ Third Day Talent (Rounds 4-7)

10/10 Rating – Best in the class or close to it
7.5/10 Rating – Average
5/10 Rating – Poor

I was not expecting to like Tremaine Edmunds this much coming into my evaluation, but he surprised me. With a score of 89, he comes in third in my rankings for this draft class so far, only behind Quenton Nelson and Saquon Barkley. Edmunds is physically menacing at over 250 pounds, but he still has the speed to move anywhere on the field. He could play mike linebacker in a 3-4, and could play either the will or the sam in a 4-3, making him extremely scheme-versatile. He is a great pass rusher and can get past blocks, while at the same time being one of the best linebackers in the class in the coverage game. He is a jack of all trades, and the crazy thing is, he is only 19 years old. Edmunds is already one of the best in the draft, and he is young enough that he has all the potential in the world to be an even better player at the next level. Despite being just 19 years old, he is experienced and has played in high profile bowl games and the ACC Championship Game.

The Vriginia Tech linebacker currently finds himself at #3 on my board, and it will be hard to dethrone him. I would say he is a lock to go top ten in the draft, and the Chicago Bears, who pick eighth feels like a natural fit. I am a lot higher on Edmunds than others, but when you have somebody so physically gifted that already is a great pass rusher, solid in coverage, and young enough that he has years to develop, you have someone that is a can’t miss talent.

 

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