|OLB A.J. Edds, Iowa
|Pos. Rank: 8
|Grade: 3rd Round
|Height: 6-3 1/2
The Good: Athletic linebacker with nice size and upside potential. Efficient, takes proper angles to the action and shows good instincts in his overall game. Effectively reads plays, fluid moving to the sidelines, and wraps up ball-carriers at the point of attack. Strong, defeats blocks and brings ball-carriers down on initial contact. Holds his ground when blocked by large offensive lineman. Breaks down well and uses his hands to protect himself. Above-average skills in pursuit. Plays with a nasty attitude and attacks assignments.
The Bad: Not fluid or quick pedaling in reverse. Lacks the explosive change of direction. Struggles making plays with his back to the ball.
The Verdict: Edds possesses solid size/speed numbers and plays with a large degree of strength. Best up the field or in the box, he must improve his play in coverage but has the skill to eventually develop into a starter at the next level.