T.J. Edwards

Wisconsin
LB15

Prospect Info

College
Wisconsin
Hometown
Class
IL
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
230 lbs
31 1/4”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.47
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
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Bench Press
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Looking at Edwards now, it's tough to see him as a high school quarterback. The three-star recruit and two-time honorable mention All-Illinois selection was clearly a linebacker prospect when he arrived at UW. After redshirting the 2014 season, he exploded on the scene, earning Freshman All-American honors by leading his squad with 84 tackles (6.5 for loss) and breaking up four passes in 13 starts inside. Edwards was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2016, again topping his defense with 89 stops while posting 8.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, three interceptions and two pass breakups in 13 games (12 starts). He was the Most Valuable Player of UW's win over undefeated Western Michigan that year (10 tackles, INT, forced fumble). His reputation grew in 2017, landing him on the Butkus Award finalist list and first-team Associated Press All-American and All-Big Ten squads. He started all 14 games, recording 81 tackles, 11 for loss, two sacks, four interceptions (one returned for a score) and seven pass breakups. Edwards was a second-team all-conference pick as a senior, leading the Badgers with 113 stops, 11.5 tackles for loss, and three interceptions. He also compiled three sacks and two pass breakups in 13 starts.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 5
NFL Comparison
B.J. Goodson
Overview
Stout four-year starter who shows up and does his job each week as a banger in the box with surprising ball skills to flip the field. He improved each season and his off-season weight loss is indicative of how seriously he takes the game. He lacks desired chase speed and might be maxed out as a player, but he doesn’t make many dire mistakes that hurt his team. Edwards is a backup inside linebacker for a 3-4 or 4-3 defense with the ability to step up and handle starter's duties if needed.
Strengths
  • Uber-productive; four years of 80+ tackles
  • Dropped 15 pounds in off-season for increased quickness
  • Even at lighter weight, still strong and physical in the box
  • Good power in lower half to squeeze his gap
  • Challenges blocks with heavy hands
  • Better awareness and recognition in 2018
  • Will shoot inside zone blocks to spill runs wide
  • Disciplined and technically sound as a tackler
  • Adequate lateral change of direction to tackle in open field
  • Highly instinctive in zone coverage
  • Reads quarterback and route and plays the catch-point
  • Has 10 career interceptions and loads of breakups
Weaknesses
  • Not a natural knee-bender
  • Below-average initial quickness
  • Has to diagnose instantly or he can get too far behind
  • Goes over the top of blocks rather than slipping them
  • Needs earlier block discard in space
  • Loses his leverage as run defender at times
  • Sideline-to-sideline range comes up short
  • Unable to run down ball carriers to the edge without head-start
  • Limitations in man coverage
Sources Tell Us

"He's the kind of player that nobody in our scouting department gets excited about because he's not fast or splashy, but he knows how to play. We need depth and we need guys who know how to play and are dependable and durable." -- Linebackers coach for NFC team
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