Chase Edmonds NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Arizona Cardinals' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Fordham's Chase Edmonds #22 in action against Holy Cross during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Bronx, N.Y. Holy Cross won 42-20. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
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POSITIVES

—Edmonds posted ridiculous production numbers as the primary offensive weapon on Fordham's team.

—Balance throughout contact is impressive and allows for yards after contact.

—Vision to bounce off-tackle runs and isolate cutback lanes is well above average.

—Edmonds' ability to be a checkdown receiving option with burst provides versatility.

—Impressive flexibility to maintain balance through rapid change of direction.

         

NEGATIVES

—Leg injuries limited his 2017 season and will cause durability concerns after a high-volume workload.

—Fordham isn't playing in the SEC, and competition concerns will arise given Edmonds' ability to simply out-athlete the talent across the line of scrimmage.

—Pass protection will have to improve as a viable third-down rotational back.

—Interior runs feel forced and lack decisiveness of off-tackle runs.

—Struggles to finish dirty runs with power, routinely looking to bounce rather than grind out the tough runs.

       

OVERALL

Chase Edmonds' primary weakness is the level of competition that he faced at Fordham. Fair or not, he'll have to answer those concerns once he's with an NFL team. At worst, he's a solid outside zone runner with the vision and balance to identify cutback lanes. Edmonds has to improve in protection if he's interested in carving out a third-down role. Nonetheless, his balance and wiry running style make him an intriguing Day 3 flier.

         

GRADE: 5.20 (Priority Free Agent)

PRO COMPARISON: Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs

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