Terrell Edmunds NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Pittsburgh Steelers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 27, 2018

Virginia Tech linebacker Terrell Edmunds (22) makes a catch ahead of Clemson running back Tavien Feaster (28), during the first half of the American Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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POSITIVES

—Is a versatile athlete with an NFL frame (6'0", 217 lbs) whom Virginia Tech used as a linebacker, scout-team corner and safety.

—Has above-average change-of-direction skills and good lateral agility for someone his size.

—Is excellent in tight spaces and has the ability to knife gaps and play aggressively in run support.

—His competitiveness and hustle is evident on film. He's always downfield to finish plays and pushes through the whistle.

—His brother Tremaine will be drafted in the top 15 and his father, Ferrell, played in NFL. There's no question he has the profile to compete at the highest level.

         

NEGATIVES

—Medical questions surround the shoulder surgery that ended his 2017 season.

—Is easy to manipulate with head fakes and shoulder movements and often has to recover from over-committing on play fakes.

—Tackling form is questionable and is an all-or-nothing proposition.

—Downfield ball skills are underwhelming, and he often looks lost while the ball is in flight, instead opting to get physical with receivers.

—His open-space play is below-average and will scare NFL teams from putting him in anything other than a box role.

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OVERALL

Terrell Edmunds isn't the prospect his brother Tremaine is, but he offers NFL-caliber size and athleticism. He's at his best when he can play as an intermediate defender with zone awareness and a quick-fire ability to drive on underneath routes. His willingness as a tackler is obvious, but his technique leaves much to be desired and will be dissected by NFL teams. He'll have to cut his teeth on special teams and try to carve out a role in year one before becoming a potential starter within his first two seasons.

       

GRADE: 6.00 (Late Round 3)

PRO COMPARISON: Deone Bucannon, Arizona Cardinals

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