First in a series of 10 profiles of players who could be a target of the Raiders with the No. 10 overall pick of the NFL draft on April 26. First up is Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.
College: Virginia Tech
Ht/Wt: 6-foot-5, 254 pounds
Why he fits the Raiders: Was Jon Gruden dropping a hint at the NFL owners meetings when he said, If theres a 19-year-old player in this draft thats a hell of a player, were not going to discriminate against him because hes 19. If youre the best player and you fit what were looking for, well take you. Edmunds is 19, turning 20 on May 2. Youve got to figure Gruden will always be on the lookout for the next Derrick Brooks.
Why he doesnt: A No. 10 overall pick should be expected to contribute immediately, particularly on a defense that needs help. Only one linebacker get the reps of a regular starter, and that man figures to be free-agent acquisition Tahir Whitehead. There remains a chance NaVorro Bowman could return as well.
Scouting report: Tall, rangy explosive athlete with the potential to get bigger, Edmunds is considered the top athlete among all linebackers available. Had 32.5 tackles for losses in his sophomore and junior years to go with 10 sacks although his pass rushing duties werent substantial. Good bloodlines. Father Ferrell Edmunds was a two-time Pro Bowl tight end with Miami in 1989-90. Older brother Trey was a college running back and younger brother Terrell is a safety at Virginia Tech.
Quotable: My length, my speed, my ability to play out in space. I just feel like I can match up. I can do different things. I dont limit myself so I can perfect my craft at whatever position it is. Whatever position they ask me to play, Ill be fine, Edmunds responding to a reporters question at the NFL scouting combine about what sets him apart.