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Lachlan Edwards NFL Draft 2016: Scouting Report, Grade for Jets Rookie

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POSITIVES

One of many Australian specialists in this year’s class, Lachlan Edwards is the rare Aussie who isn’t a rugby-style punter. He’s able to generate enough hang time with high punts that can pin an offense deep.

Edwards shows remarkable control on his punts and the ability to keep the ball within play for his coverage teams. He limits touchbacks but was able to drop the ball inside the 20 on 31 punts (74 attempts) and caused 19 fair catches. An ideal deep punter, Edwards can boom the ball when given space to let loose.

NEGATIVES

Edwards has the size and seems to have the leg, but he’s not a consistent hang-time player. Scouts who saw him at the NFLPA Bowl practices told us his awareness as a punter was average and that he must speed up his entire process from catch to kick. That’s coachable, but leg power usually isn’t, so Edwards should still hear his phone ringing after the draft with a training camp opportunity that could lead to a starting job.

COMBINE/PRO DAY RESULTS

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 209 lbs.

PRO COMPARISON: Charles James, Houston Texans
FINAL GRADE: 5.00/9.00 (Priority Free Agent)

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