"Edmunds is the youngest player in this draft and possesses a freak skill set but the catch is that his instincts are awful, and he lacks strength and lateral quickness."
Long, 6’5 frame and sideline to sideline fast. Pursues all over the field. See it, hit it guy with plenty of room to grow. Uses leverage effectively despite size. Versatility to play any LB position in a odd or even front. Youngest prospect in the draft.
Poor instincts and losses the ball, overruns plays and lacks awareness in coverage. Lacks strength, gets blocked and doesn't disengage quickly. High cut, lacks lateral quickness and gets shook in tight spaces.
In the clip above Edmunds meets 5'9 185 Duke RB Shaun Wilson in the hole and can't bring him down.
In this clip, Edmunds shows off his great range and gets to BC QB Anthony Brown but can't bring him down in space.
I think these two clips demonstrate Edmunds tendency for lack of instincts/awareness. In each play he has no idea where the ball is.
Edmunds is the youngest player in this draft and possess a freak skill set. He's a legit 4.5 speed guy at 6’5 250. Consequently, his draft stock is top tier. But the catch is that his instincts are awful, and he lacks strength and lateral quickness. His physicality doesn't match his size. I think he's a buyer beware despite the enormous upside.
That said, my comp for him is Scott Fujita, who was a solid 6'5 sized LB who played with good instincts and physicality. It should be clear that some of Edmunds' weaknesses I've pointed out here can be attributed to his youth. It's a solid bet he'll get bigger, stronger and more disciplined but ultimately I'm still doubtful he'll match his lofty draft status.
NFL comp: weaker Scott Fujita