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A.J. Edds and Kyle Calloway: 2010 NFL Draft Player Profiles

IOWA CITY, IA - NOVEMBER 8:  Line backer A.J. Edds #49 of the Iowa Hawkeyes sacks quarterback Daryll Clark #17 of the Penn State Nittany Lions in the first quarter of play at Kinnick Stadium on November 8, 2008 in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa defeated Penn State 24-23. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)
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Kevin HatfieldCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2010

 

A.J. Edds—6'4" 245 lbs., Outside Linebacker, Iowa, Third to Fifth Round Pick

 

Pros

Edds is a terrific athlete. He has great size—6’4” 245 lbs.—along with sub 4.6 speed. Edds proved to be a perfect compliment to Pat Angerer at Iowa and was awarded with an Honorable All-Big 10 award. Edds also competed very well of the field as an Academic All-Big 10 award winner. Edds will bring a brilliant combination of size, speed, and intelligence to the NFL.

 

Cons

Edds was never asked to blitz much at Iowa. This was due to the system he played in, but pro teams are now wondering if he even has the ability to be a successful blitzer. Edds was also tested at the Senior Bowl with his pass coverage. He stumbled a couple of times trying to cover tight ends, and now scouts are wondering about his pass coverage skills.

 

Our Take

Edds was a great college linebacker. He started three seasons for Iowa and put up great numbers each year. He has a real opportunity to be a good NFL linebacker because of his great size and athleticism. Look for Edds to one day be a starting linebacker in the NFL.

 

 

Kyle Calloway—6'6" 320 lbs., Tackle, Iowa, Third to Fifth Round Pick

 

Pros

The “other” lineman on Iowa, Calloway displayed great run blocking techniques at Iowa and the East-West Shrine Game. Calloway also showed great versatility. He started out as a left tackle but finished his career at right. Calloway also has great size—6’6” 320 lbs.—and surprisingly quick feet too. He should thrive in a zone blocking scheme.

 

Cons

Calloway had a little run in with the law at Iowa in June 2009. This little incident can go a long way in the NFL, where players are expected to be role models. Calloway also is not the strongest pass blocker in this class. He has come a long way from when he arrived at Iowa, but he still has a while to go before becoming an All-Pro.

 

Our Take

Calloway, like many Iowa lineman, should be perfect for a zone blocking scheme. He is very quick out in the open field, and he would prefer to run his opponent in the ground. Calloway must improve on his pass blocking technique. He has all the tools to succeed, and he should eventually lose the tile of “the other lineman from Iowa.” 

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