2018 NFL Draft Sheets: Terrell Edmunds – Safety
By Kévin Zermatten — April 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
An inexperienced safety, but with interesting potential
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Terrell Edmunds – Free safety – 21 years old – RS Junior – Virginia Tech
Cut : 1m88
Weight : 100kg
Estimated draft position: 2nd-3rd round
2017 statistics: 10 matches, 61 tackles including 2.5 for loss (1.5 sack), 2 interceptions, 4 passes defended
NFL Comparison: Deone Buccanon (S, Cardinals)
Terrell Edmunds, the safety, is the older brother of Tremaine, the linebacker. Arrived a year before his little brother, Terrell did not play in 2014 with the Hokies because he was « redshirted » by his coach at the time, Frank Beamer. He was not always a safety car when Justin Fuente arrived at Virginia Tech, Terrell played alongside his brother as a linebacker. It was not until 2017 that he was made full-time safety officer with great success. Despite this, his inexperience in this position will do him a little disservice at draft time, but he seems quite capable of becoming an NFL starter. It was his versatility between linebacker and safety positions that gave rise to his comparison with Deone Buccanon. It is also quite possible that Edmunds alternates between the two positions in the NFL.
Terrell Edmunds is a very interesting player for, in particular, his leadership qualities and his athletic abilities. He has been one of the most important players in the Hokies locker room in recent years and he has an almost perfect size to play for the pros. In addition, his movements on the ground are fluid and his changes of direction very sharp. In cover, he has the qualities to defend on tight ends specialists in reception with, in addition to his good footwork, very sure hands. His energy in the locker room translates very well on the pitch where he plays with a lot of energy and never stops until the ball carrier is down or the pass is incomplete. With all these qualities, Terrell Edmunds is still a project for which a role will have to be defined, but he could, on the other hand, be of great help from the first week of the 2018 season on special situations.
Edmunds’ flaws on the pitch dovetail pretty well with the fact that he’s changed positions a number of times. The angles he takes on the tackles are not always the right ones. It is certain that tackling as a safety is not the same job as tackling as a linebacker. The former Hokie missed a little too much one-on-one tackle and it seems his instincts had something to do with it. The safety does not always make the right decisions and is too easily fooled by fake routes. This forced him on several occasions to have to tackle his opponents after a long chase. It even happened to him to bite the bait on the play acton, not to be deep enough in his cover and thus leave a touchdown to the opposing team.
In the end, Terrell Edmunds is an athletic and versatile player, but inexperienced. He will probably have to be very attentive in the video room and then very disciplined in the field. It will be important that he does not try to improvise too much and that he sticks to his role in order to avoid big plays.
Strong points :
– Good size
– Leader on and off the pitch
– Excellent speed
Weak points :
– Uncertain tackler
– inexperienced at the safety post