Number: #49 | Hometown: Danville, VA | Height: 6050 | Weight: 253 | Hand: 0938 | Arm: 3448 | Forty: 4.54 | Bench: 19 | Broad: 9-8 | Combine: YES | Class: 2018 (Declared JR)
A freak of nature athletically, you can go years without finding a prospect with his athletic make-up. His 4.54 straight-line speed is evident on tape, as he shows to be a rangy backer with the length to chase down any play. The Hokie linebacker is very fluid for his stature, as he lined up over slot receivers and tracked runners out of the backfield, allowing him to be an every-down backer. His frame, which can likely add weight and quickness, is what makes him a very dangerous blitzer. He can shoot through gaps and even when he doesn’t make it home, he’s a tough object to throw over. Edmunds does look more natural and instinctive coming off the edge than when reading and diagnosing in the middle of the field. He can be a step slow diagnosing plays and doesn’t seem to have the natural instincts you see in most All-Pro inside linebackers. He gets fooled by play action and can be deceived by the quarterback’s eyes, which has led to some glaring miscues on the field. At times, his speed works against him as he over runs plays and takes himself out of position. He can struggle to fight through interior blockers on run plays but in a pass-heavy league teams will be willing to overlook that. Has serious bloodlines; father played seven years in the NFL (Miami and Seattle) and was a two-time Pro Bowler; his older brother, Terrell, plays safety for the Hokies. He’ll likely be selected in the top half of the first round and has the athleticism and versatility to flourish at the next level.
2017-18: ACC Linebacker of the Week (11/27) … Appeared in all 13 games, making 13 starts … Totaled 109 tackles including 14.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles … Had seven tackles against West Virginia … Recorded 14 tackles, including 4.0 tackles for loss against Delaware … Made six tackles against East Carolina … Had six tackles against Old Dominion … Recorded nine tackles against Clemson … Made eight tackles against Boston College … Had eight tackles against North Carolina … Recorded 10 tackles against Duke …Made nine tackles including 1 sack against Miami … Had nine tackles against Georgia Tech … Recorded seven tackles including 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack against Pitt … Made nine tackles including 3.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks against Virginia … Had seven tackles against Oklahoma State in the Camping World Bowl.
2016-17: First Team All-ACC (Phil Steele) … Second Team All-ACC (Athlon Sports) … Third Team All-American (Phil Steele) … First Team, Sophomore All-American (Campus Insiders) … ACC Defensive Player of the Week (ACC 10/24) … Appeared in all 14 games, making 14 starts … Totaled 106 tackles including 18.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one INT … Recorded three tackles and recovered a fumble against Liberty … Had two tackles against Tennessee … Made seven tackles against Boston College … Had nine tackles against ECU … Made seven stops at North Carolina … Recorded a career-high 16 tackles at Syracuse …. Had 10 tackles against Miami … Made three tackles at Pittsburgh … Had 10 tackles at Duke … Recorded 12 tackles versus Georgia Tech … Had seven tackles and a pass breakup at Notre Dame … Made five tackles versus Virginia … Eight tackles against Clemson … Recorded seven tackles and the first INT of his career against Arkansas in the Belk Bowl.
2015-16: Appeared in 13 games, making two starts … Logged 294 plays, including 273 on special teams and 20 as linebacker during the regular season … Totaled 11 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss … Had collegiate debut vs. Ohio State … Appeared in the game against Furman … Recorded first collegiate tackle at Purdue and finished game with two tackles … Posted one tackle at East Carolina … Took the field versus Pittsburgh, NC State and Miami … Notched a tackle vs. Duke … Appeared in the game at Boston College … Made first collegiate start at Georgia Tech with one tackle … Played vs. North Carolina … Made one tackle at Virginia … Started and had career-highs with five tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss in the Independence Bowl vs. Tulsa.
High School: Ranked as the No. 16 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Listed as the No. 236 overall player nationally, the No. 15 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 12 player in the state of Virginia by Rivals … Rated as the No. 24 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 15 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 53 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 4 OLB in the East by Scout … Ranked as the No. 41 outside linebacker in the country, the No. 82 player in his region and the No. 28 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation… A member of the All-Atlantic Region Team by SuperPrep … Missed part of his senior season with an injury … Still was named first-team all-state for the Class 2A level by both the VHSL and VirginiaPreps … A 2014 American Family Insurance All-USA Virginia Football Team selection … Named first-team All-Conference 37 as a senior as both a linebacker and tight end, earning Defensive Back of the Year honors … Recorded 120 tackles his junior season with 17 tackles for a loss and four sacks … Also had two interceptions, two blocked kicks, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble as he earned Conference 37 Defensive Back of the Year honors.
Personal: Born in Danville, Va. … Son of Ferrell, Jr. and Felicia Edmunds … Father played seven years in the NFL (Miami and Seattle) and was a two-time Pro Bowler … His older brother, Terrell, plays safety for the Hokies … Likes to draw and likes to dance … Majoring in multimedia journalism.