Coverage - Stiff mover in space. There is a clear calculation and pause between reading the quarterback and sliding into throwing lanes. Cannot be trusted to carry routes into space vs TEs and RBs.
Tackling - Aggressively attacks downhill and showcases outstanding contact power in face-up situations. Squaring up in lateral pursuit can be problematic. Does well to aim low and securely wrap.
Blocks - Can take on blocks in face-up situations and plug them back into gaps. Does well to stack by sinking his hips and extending his arms.
Physicality - Everything he does is physical and executed with intent. Is assertive when exchanging with whomever crosses his path. Has tone-setting qualities desired in a second level defender.
Motor - Plays with a motor that consistently runs hot and works hard in pursuit despite below average quickness and play speed. Is not content with staying blocked and battles through the whistle.
Processing - Diagnoses run plays quickly and correctly. Focuses on his keys and works to the ball.Doesn’t have the range to be effective on passing downs and there is a disconnect between reading the backfield and working into throwing lanes.
Range - Is a C-gap to C-gap player with minimal ability to work outside the tackles and make an impact. Getting enough depth in coverage drops is an issue. Steps are heavy.
Flexibility - Tightness is exposed when working laterally. Coverage drops lack fluidity and change of direction skills are sluggish. Completely linear athlete who labors through angles.
Versatility - Strictly an inside linebacker that likely to come off the field on passing downs. Should be a standout special teams contributor covering kicks.
BEST TRAIT - Tackling
WORST TRAIT - Mobility
RED FLAGS - None
Edwards is a physical, tone-setting downhill run defender that has a skill set only suited for early down duties as an inside linebacker. He lacks the mobility to be a factor in space or in pass coverage and finds success working in tight spaces and playing into the line of scrimmage between the tackles. Edwards is likely a reserve linebacker that finds work on early downs and core special teams contributor.
Round Grade - Mid/Late Day Three