Tremaine Edmunds Draft Profile
Tremaine Edmunds Draft Profile
- Lateral quickness
- Solid tackler
- Can rush the passer from anywhere (edge, inside, delayed)
- Coverage skills
- Disruptive in all phases
Analysis: There are not many football players like Tremaine Edmunds–his tape is downright fun to watch. Edmunds is the most disruptive playmaker in the draft and should have a solid NFL career ahead of him. He has unique size with long limbs and a rangy frame. His frame is destined to become even more imposing with additional weight work. Feet pump and trigger like pistons. Excellent lateral quickness to scrape and stalk. Uses his size and speed to cast a wide, playmaking net and cover large areas of the field. Spins out of blocks to find his way back into the play. Combines length with rare reactive athleticism and agility to access and tackle opportunities from unconventional angles. Captures and finishes as a tackler at highly efficient rate–if he gets his hands on a ball carrier, they won’t be breaking away. Elite traits help to create sensational production across the board. Disruptive in all phases. He already possesses an array of pass rush moves and can be effective at any position rushing the passer. On tape, he excelled rushing from the edge, right up the middle or as a delayed blitzer from any position. Electric as “add-on” rusher when back stays in. Has length and burst to affect pocket as edge rusher. In addition, he has excellent coverage skills–he can man up a back or tight end with ease.
- Could add more strength to frame
- Mental lapses in coverage
Analysis: Tremaine Edmunds is all over the ball when you put on his tape, but there are some minuscule flaws in his game. He can be a step slow to diagnose. Lured by misdirection. Will take random downhill paths that trap him in the abyss. Patience is lacking. Races ahead of plays and voids his leverage and run fits at times. Needs to add more upper and lower body strength–which should not be a problem. Average base strength and high center of gravity create issues holding up at the point of attack. Needs to be quicker to punch in order to maintain clearance. Although it was rare, Edmunds did have mental lapses when forced into man coverage.
Final Thoughts: At the time of this writing, Tremaine Edmunds is only 19 years old, showing just how much potential and upside comes along with this kid. Even with his young age, he is the best linebacker in the draft class and can affect he game in so many different phases–against the run, rushing the passer and in coverage. Whichever NFL team drafts Edmunds, they are getting a shiny new toy for their defense. He is a defensive coordinator’s dream draft pick.
What the scouts say: “Good luck with your player comp on this one. They don’t come like him. I don’t think there has ever been a linebacker that has had his size and speed. You’re better off comping him with a basketball player.” — NFC regional scout
Draft Rank: No.1 LB
NFL Comparison: A mix between Brian Urlacher and Von Miller
Draft Projection: Top 10