Chase Edmonds

Fordham
RB

Prospect Info

College
Fordham
Hometown
Class
Harrisburg, PA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 9"
205 lbs
31 1/8”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.39
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Arizona
Cardinals
Round 4 ‧ Pick 34
40 Yard Dash
4.55u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
19
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
34.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
122.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.79
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.07
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.63
Seconds
 

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Despite being ultra-productive at Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, major college programs didn't offer Edmonds because of his lack of size and inability to run away from defenders in the open field. The first-team All-State pick and MVP of the heralded Big 33 All-Star game (Pennsylvania versus Ohio) has shown those big-time programs that he has the talent to excel at any level. Edmonds won the Jerry Rice Award as the Football Championship Subdivision's top freshman in 2014, starting all 14 games and accumulating 1,838 rushing yards (ranking fourth in the FCS) and 23 touchdowns (second) on 294 carries (fourth) while also contributing as a receiver (19-121, one touchdown) and on kickoff returns (24-514). Edmonds garnered second-team Associated Press All-American honors in 2015, as well as Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, by finishing third in the FCS with 1,648 rushing yards and fourth with 20 rushing touchdowns on 251 totes. Again, he showed versatility with 31 receptions for 383 yards and five scores. His junior season was even more successful, as his cutting ability, supreme balance, and galloping speed allowed him to be named a consensus first-team FCS All-American with 1,799 yards (led FCS with 163.5 yards per game) and 19 touchdowns (ranked third) on 257 carries. Edmonds set an FCS record by averaging 21.1 yards per carry against Lafayette (17-359, four touchdowns). Unfortunately, leg injuries limited Edmonds to seven starts in 2017 (136-577, five touchdowns rushing; 11-129 receiving) and squashed his hopes of setting the all-time FCS rushing record. He was, however, named second-team All-Patriot League for his efforts.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Austin Ekeler
Overview
Edmonds is a highly productive runner with a compact frame, good agility and plus athletic traits. While he flourished against a lower level of competition, he may find that he's unable to beat NFL defenses with burst alone. Edmonds needs to play with more consistent pace and decisiveness to reach his potential. He has the talent to fit into a committee approach but could be limited to more outside running duties.
Strengths
  • Highly productive four-year starter
  • Well-built, durable frame with thick calves and thighs
  • Hips can swivel freely
  • Quick to gather, sink and redirect when cutting
  • Uses acrobatic twists, turns and directional changes to battle back against would-be tacklers
  • Runs with good bend and wide base
  • Burst features explosive, long first stride
  • Can blow by defensive linemen looking to play off blocks to make the tackle
  • Has speed to eat up the corner against defenses who lapse with their contain
  • Powers through arm tackles
  • Runs with adequate contact balance
  • Leak-out pass catcher with the athletic traits to become an effective route-runner if asked
Weaknesses
  • Frame appears maxed out
  • Dealt with injuries his senior season after handling heavy workload for three prior seasons
  • Lacks decisiveness and appears slow to process interior rush lanes
  • Approach to line of scrimmage lacks pace
  • Needs a better feel for blocking schemes
  • Always on the lookout to bounce runs outside
  • Not as instinctive on second level as expected
  • Better at running around linebackers than juking them
  • Blitz pickup and anchor need improvement
Sources Tell Us

"On the hoof, he looks like Devonta Freeman, and he's got some of those same explosive traits but he doesn't have Freeman's talent as a runner. He got injured and his blocking stunk so I'm not going to hold his year against him." -- NFC team area scout

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league