J’Rob’s Scouting Corner: Tremaine Edmunds

Tremaine Edmunds

Tremaine Edmunds #49 – 6’5 253lb – LB – Virginia Tech

Pros:
  • Large long and lanky body with room to bulk up. An NFL weight training regimen will work wonders for him.
  • Above average blitzer from the linebacker position. Comes in with explosiveness and effectively navigates through pass blocking lanes on his way to the QB.
  • Stands up blockers using his long arms to engage and quickly disengage. This is typically skill attributed to high end defensive linemen. Tremaine rarely gets overpowered by blockers.
  • Good chase and pursuit. Once he has his eyes locked on a ball carrier and gets going, he is going to reach the ball-carrier in a hurry and wrap up for the tackle. See ball, get ball.
  • He is only 19-years old and has a ton of football ahead of him.  Maintains a high ceiling due to his youth and inexperience.  NFL level coaching could take his game to a stratospheric level.
Cons:
  • Tremaine will guess on misdirection runs and take himself out of the play. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. When it doesn’t, he moves himself out of position to make a play.
  • Tremaine is not a strong tackler. Rarely has any thump when it comes to his tackles and a lot of them are reaching arm tackles.  He catches the ball carrier instead of striking the ball carrier.  Also has too many missed tackles as a result of leaving his feet too early.
  • Edmunds too many “what the hell is he doing?” moments out there. Will over-run plays or pick the wrong side of the blocker to attack.  All too often Tremaine’s inexperience shows through.
  • Change of direction could be better. His long limbs and long strides make it difficult for him to flip the hips and go sideline-to-sideline.
  • Relies too much on his athleticism to make plays. It looks like he doesn’t have a plan out there but just simply reacts to everything.
  • For whatever reason he doesn’t give you a lot of “wow” plays. Very rarely makes an impact on the game as a whole.
  • Gets victimized in zone pass coverage when exposed to “hi-lo” pass concepts in the middle of the field. Seems to lock on to one receiver the whole way through the route instead of switching off.
Project Player:

There are not a lot of players like Tremaine Edmunds out there. He has rare size and a rare skill set for a linebacker prospect.  At 6’5 253 lbs. while running a 4.53 40-yard dash, he is the ultimate height, weight, speed prospect.  Add in the fact he is only 19-years old and you can see why NFL coaches are enticed by Edmunds. Tremaine is essentially a big ball of clay waiting to be molded and shaped into a dominate player.  That said, he is the prototypical project player.

Unique Ability with Little Experience:

He has unique athletic ability and uses it almost to a fault.  There are many plays where he his instincts will fail him and he will commit 100% full force to what he is seeing. Yet, because he is so physically gifted it actually works to his detriment because he will run himself right out of the play.

Sometimes he looks like he has no idea what is going on out there but because he is so athletic he is able to correct and make up for it.  This could be because he is young and inexperienced and needs some NFL-level coaching to get his game up. In contrast, it could be that he simply lacks the instincts and football sense to make it in the NFL.

If Tremaine Edmunds is put in a position where he doesn’t have to think or diagnose plays and can just see the ball and go after it he can be an immensely productive linebacker in the NFL.  Subsequently he would rely purely on his athleticism and pursuit skills which are his greatest assets.

It is important that whoever drafts him has a specific role for him and does their best to simplify the game for Edmunds.  The more you ask him to do the harder it’s going to be to adjust for him and get up to speed.  As he gets older and gets more experience in the NFL, he should be able to handle more on his plate.  However, as a rookie, asking him to do too much could potentially be a disaster.

Dynamic Skill-Set:

He has the unique ability for a linebacker to extend his arms, engage the blocker, then throw them aside to make the tackle.  Most linebackers aren’t allowed to do this as they aren’t big enough or have the size to match up well against opposing linemen.

Defenders are going to have a hard time blocking him because of his long arms and height, which allow him to strike first and routinely get off blocks.  He could play directly on the line of scrimmage and still be successful. When he blitzes on passing downs, where his only job is to get the QB, he really shines.  He explodes off the snap and finds holes in the line to get through to get to the QB.

How He Fits with the Raiders

As it was stated earlier, to get the most out of Edmunds it’s imperative that his coaching staff has a role and a plan designed for him as soon as he walks in the building.

Edmunds, if drafted by the Raiders, could possibly end up going to the perfect scheme fit for him in the NFL.  Oakland will be running a double A gap scheme in which the two linebackers are lined up in the A gap which is on either shoulder of the Center on the line of scrimmage.

His unique ability to win battles against defensive linemen would fit in seamlessly.  There are many moments where he looks like a free roaming DE out on the field and in this scheme that is what he would be more or less.  He has the skill set to be able to blitz from that A gap and get to the QB, the speed to bail out of that spot and get to the passing lane in time, and the ability to hang tight and stand strong against the run game.

Guenther’s scheme could help curb his lack of instincts and would allow him to be able to learn the game while still being put in a place to be successful.  On run plays in the double A gap scheme, he would be responsible for his one and only gap.  He wouldn’t have to dissect through all the motion and garbage to find the RB.  All he would have to do is beat the guy in front of him and fill the hole.

Conclusion:

The simpler the plan for Tremaine Edmunds the better he will be.  He has immense potential and has nowhere to go but up.  In fact I don’t think even he knows how good he can be yet.  With a little bit of coaching and experience he could add many layers to his game as he has the natural ability to do whatever he wants.  In the meantime though a simplified approach for him would be able to maximize his abilities and help a struggling Raiders defense.