Iowa Linebacker A.J. Edds

A.J. Edds: No. 49, OLB, 6-4, 246

A big, thickly built linebacker, Edds displays good power inside the box and has the ability stack and shed on contact. Does a nice job extending his arms, keeping his base low and using his hands to disengage at the point of attack. Reads and reacts quickly to plays at the line of scrimmage and has the initial burst to make his way into the backfield and close on the football. Isn't a real sudden athlete on contact but fights for every inch and does a great job playing with inside leverage and finding the football. Displaying really impressive instincts and always seems to be flowing toward the action. Exhibits surprising fluidity for his size in space and does a nice job cleanly flipping his hips and getting out of his breaks.

But he isn't an overly explosive athlete and struggles quickly getting back up to speed when asked to turn and run down the field. Frequently asked to play in space in Iowa's nickel packages, he possesses good body control and balance in zone coverage. Showcases the ability to bump off the line and takes a liking to really beating on the tight end off the snap. Looks like a guy who could win a spot at as strong-side linebacker in the NFL. Edds is never going to be a star, but he has the ability to beat tight ends in the run game and be a productive starter for an NFL defense.

Grade: 6.4

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