Just happened to catch this out of the corner of my eye....... We picked him, not sure how we acquired the pick yet...
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OVERALL FOOTBALL TRAITS:
2006: (10/1) 9 tackles, 1 FF.
2007: (12/12) 80 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 1 FF.
2008: (13/13) 59 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 2 FR, 1 FF.
2009: (13/13) 78 tackles, 4.5 TFL, .5 sack, 5 INT, 4 PBU. Second-team All-Big Ten.
Possesses good height and bulk to frame along with above-average top-end speed.
Durability does not appear to be an issue as he has had no injuries that we are currently aware of throughout career.
Voted team captain for senior season. Three year academic All-Big Ten selection (2007-09) and recipient of the Forest Evashenski Scholastic Achievement Award given to the player who displays a high degree of efficiency both in the classroom and on the field.
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER SPECIFIC TRAITS:
Does a good job finding and reacting to the play. Recognizes outside run and does a good job of keeping outside leverage. Disciplined and rarely bites on play action. Seen communicating and lining up teammates pre snap. Needs to show quicker recognition of screens both out of the backfield and on the perimeter to receivers.
Plays with good leverage and balance. Locks out arms to stack tight ends when lined up along the line of scrimmage. Needs to show more violence and tenacity at the point of attack and will run around blocks on occasion. Can set the edge working against tight ends but can get engulfed by bigger offensive tackles or when taking on double teams. Gives consistent effort in pursuit.
Range vs. Run 4
Shows good lateral movement when keeping shoulders square and working down the line. However, is tight in the hips when asked to turn and run when changing directions. Closing burst is average. Takes good angles in pursuit and wades through trash well.
A strong overall tackler. Not a consistent drive through tackler and lacks explosiveness in hips to deliver violent strike. Fundamentally sound in the open field and does a nice job of breaking down to secure tackle.
3rd Down Capabilities 3
He is a mixed bag in this area. On one hand, very reliable dropping into coverage. Gets proper depth in drop zone and keeps head on swivel to locate crossers in his area. Also shows awareness to find and get underneath throwing lanes. Does a nice job of carrying slot receivers or tight ends to the safety in cover two scheme. Possesses above average ball skills and can consistently come down with interception. On the flip side, he has limitations in man coverage and is not much of a pass rusher at this point. Lacks power and does not display a variety of pass rushing moves coming off the edge. Does not have closing burst to consistently get home when having clear run at quarterback.
1 = Exceptional
2 = Above average
3 = Average
4 = Below average
5 = Marginal
ESPN SCOUTS INC
What he brings: Edds is a bit of a reach here but not a surprise. He has the instincts and intelligence that a guy like Bill Parcells covets at the linebacker position. He is a bit limited as far as overall athleticism and range but compensates with great angles in pursuit and ability to hold up in coverage.
How he fits: The Dolphins definitely needed OLB depth and additional talent in this draft. While Edds lacks the upside and playmaking talent of Koa Misi, his toughness and smarts will complement Misi well. He'll be in competition with Cameron Wake, but both of these players will have a real chance to start for the Dolphins as the season progresses.
The Dolphins add A.J Edds to provide depth to their linebacker corps and special teams units. Though he isn't regarded as a great athlete, Edds is a high-motor player with the toughness and competitiveness to excel as a back up.