#28 Steelers: SS Terrell Edmunds

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At a program known for producing siblings to the NFL like the Fuller’s or the Vick’s, the Edmunds brothers were the last set of 25 brothers coached by Frank Beamer in his 29 years as head coach of the Hokies – the three brothers (Trey, Terrell and Tremaine) all played for the Hokies in 2015, becoming just the third trio of brothers to all take the field at the same time since 1970.

The athletic bloodlines in the Edmunds’ family is impressive. Terrell’s father (Ferrell) was a third round pick (Miami Dolphins) in the 1988 NFL Draft and made two Pro Bowls in his seven-year career; his mother (Felecia) was a collegiate hurdler at Southern Illinois; his older brother (Trey) signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted running back in the 2017 draft class, scoring one touchdown as a rookie; his younger brother (Tremaine) is a first round linebacker prospect in the 2018 draft class.

And then there is Terrell, the middle child. A three-year starter, he bounced around the Virginia Tech secondary over his career, starting at a different position each of his three seasons: cornerback as a freshman before moving to Rover and then free safety as a junior. He is a sound run defender with the tackling appetite and physical nature required for the next level. He flashes the ability to make plays on the ball in pass defense, but savvy route runners eat him up, especially when left alone to cover slot receivers (see Clemson tape and Hunter Renfrow).

Terrell and Tremaine have an opportunity to be the first set of brothers to be selected in the first three rounds of the same draft since 1997 (Tiki and Ronde Barber).

A three-star cornerback recruit out of high school, FeDerius Terrell Edmunds, who skipped a grade of school when he was younger, was a standout running back and defensive back at Dan River, earning all-state honors on offense as a senior with 1,753 rushing yards. He wasn’t considered a top-25 recruit in the state of Virginia, but Virginia Tech showed early interest after signing the eldest Edmunds brother (Trey) in the 2012 recruiting cycle.

Terrell committed to the Hokies as a defensive back over Cincinnati, redshirting in 2014. He found the field as a redshirt freshman and started eight games at cornerback in 2015, posting 34 tackles and seven passes defended. Edmunds moved to the Hokies’ Rover safety position as a sophomore (13 starts) and led the team with four interceptions, adding 89 tackles and seven passes defended to earn All-ACC Honorable Mention honors. He moved to free safety as a junior and started the first 10 games before a season-ending injury, finishing the 2017 season with 59 tackles, six passes defended and two interceptions to earn Third Team All-ACC honors.

NFL frame with muscular physique. Physical mind-set as a downhill run defender. Controls his throttle from full speed to find his balance. Coordinated body control as an open-field tackler. Acceleration to carry receivers across the middle of the field. Picks up speed as he goes with closing finish. Strong to the ball in coverage with soft hands. Versatile experience and started at four different positions in college – also played on special teams coverages each season. Key man making the defensive calls – vocal with natural leadership traits. Graduated with a degree in multimedia journalism (Dec. 2017). Athletic bloodlines. – Dane Brugler 1/21/2018

Inefficient transition, leading to wasted steps in coverage. Slow-plays routes, but lacks burst or recovery speed. Spacing issues in coverage and late to close ground. Struggles to find or make plays on the ball once his back is turned. Downfield run angles need tightened up. Comes to balance well as a tackler, but technical lapses (ducking, lunging, etc.) lead to misses. Locks his sight onto the ballcarrier and needs to better anticipate blockers. Medicals will be important after he missed the final three games of the 2017 season due to a left shoulder issue that bothered him most of the year, requiring surgery (Nov. 2017). – Dane Brugler 1/21/2018

COMPARES TO: Delano Hill, Seattle Seahawks – Hill, who was drafted last April in the top-100 picks, has holes in his game as a cover man, but his aggressive mentality and instincts vs. the run are what attracted NFL teams to his game. It will be a similar situation with Edmunds this year.

IN OUR VIEW: Edmunds isn’t the type of defensive back you want to leave alone in man coverage, but he can cover zones, handle run responsibilities and stand out on special teams.