2. ILB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech
6-5, 253: Welcome to one of the biggest boom-or-bust prospects in the draft – there’s a whole lot of worry and a whole lot of excitement for anyone who takes him.
Really, really, really young, he’ll be 20-years-old when the season starts and needs a whole lot of time before he learns everything he’ll need to do, but players with his size and his athletic upside are rare.
Considering how big he is, and with his safety-like skills, he can play anywhere in a linebacking corps and could grow into a devastating pass rusher with a little bit of time – even though he hasn’t really done that before.
Turned loose as a sophomore, he exploded onto the scene making 94 tackles with 4.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss, and followed it up by being even more disruptive, making 108 stops with 5.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles.
Let him play through his mistakes, and then, once you figure out what he is and all he can do, the upside is there to be a special talent and the superstar leader of a defense for a long, long time.
But there’s a downside. Even with his sack production, he’s not a sure-thing pass rusher, and some might try to push him in a direction that goes against all he can do on the inside.
No matter what, though, the talent and athleticism are too much to ignore. It’s going to take a top ten pick to get him, and then let the Monday morning quarterbacking to begin about who was passed over to take the chance.
Projected Round: First Round
Real Value: Top 15 Overall