By: Steve Johnson
T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2015: 13 games. 84 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 4 pass break ups, 1 FF
2016: 13 games. 89 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 pass break ups,
2017: 14 games. 81 tackles, 11 TFL, 2 sacks, 4 int (63 yards), 1 TD, 7 pass break ups,
Accolades: 2017 First-team All-Big Ten, 2017 First-team All-American
History: Two-star athlete from Lake Villa, IL. Edwards played QB at Lakes Community. He originally committed to Western Michigan, but was heavily recruited late by Wisconsin Defensive Coordinator Dave Aranda.
Strengths: Good size, thick build. Good play strength. Take on strength is a plus, allowing him to play as a thumper LB. Despite lack of length, initial pop helps him shed blocks. Smart and instinctive, which helps make up for lack of quickness. Does show some quickness and leverage skills at the LOS, when taking on blocks. Reliable in zone defense, as his yes are a plus. Extremely productive. Experienced. Leader.
Weaknesses: Has some tightness in his hips. Lateral mobility and long speed are both questionable. Not very versatile. Doesn’t have elite length. Can not be counted on in man coverage vs anyone.
Overview: Edwards is an instinctive player with good take on strength. While he lacks lateral movement and long speed, his eyes and anticipation make up for his limitations. He is not the most versatile backer, likely set up to play the thumper role inside in a 3-4 base defense. Early down work, and special teams is where he will make his living, at this point he doesn’t project as an every down linebacker at the next level.
Draft Projection: Mid Day Three Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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