by Greg Gabriel, Buffalo Sports Page NFL Expert

Tremaine Edmunds – LB – Virginia Tech

Size -6′ 4″ – 253 lbs – 4.54 40 yard dash

Strong Points –Tall, lean, long and well-muscled frame. Still has growth potential. Runs well and has good change of direction and body control. Plays with bend. Two year starter who is very productive with over 100 tackles each of the last two seasons. Consistent run defender who makes plays versus both the inside and outside run. Excellent range. Shows he can get rid of blockers fairly quickly. Very good in coverage, can play man against backs without a problem, can get depth very quickly in zone. Will be a 20 year old rookie.

Weak Points –Not an anticipator but more of a reactor. He can get away with that in college but not the NFL. May be too tall to play inside at the NFL level. Can get tall at times when taking on blocks. Not as much pass rush production as a guy with his physical traits should have. Needs to develop pass rush moves.

Summation –A true junior entering the Draft. A different type of player in that we don’t often see inside linebackers who are close to 6’5. Very productive college player but he is more of a reactor than an anticipator. In the NFL instincts matter at the LBer position. While he can get tall at times, he still can use his hands and shed. Better in pursuit than with runs right at him. Needs to make a few more plays at or near the LOS. Very good coverage guy in that he gets depth with his drop and can play man. Plants and closes on the ball quickly. Not used a lot as a blitzer/pass rusher and needs to develop his pass rush technique. Overall this is a very good prospect who is not quite there yet. With his frame, he may be better off outside but if he plays there he needs to improve his pass rush skills. Has a lot of upside. He will be graded differently by each club depending on their profile for the position. With his size and athleticism he has some Urlacher to him (but he’s not Urlacher). Can control the middle of the field in zone like Brian was able to do. I’m not as high as others on this player because he doesn’t have top instincts but at his age they will get better,

 

Greg Gabriel

Gabriel has spent most of his adult life as an evaluator for various NFL clubs. He started his career in 1991 working for the Buffalo Bills as a part time scout under dormer Bills Director of Player Personnel Norm Pollom. He left the Bills in June 1984 to become the Great Lakes area scout for National Football Scouting. Following the 1984 season, Gabriel joined the New York Giants as their Midwest area scout and was promoted to Director of Player Development in 1996. The Giants went to three Super Bowls and won two during Gabriel’s time with the club.

Following the Giants appearance versus the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV, Greg became Director of College Scouting for the Chicago Bears under General Manager Jerry Angelo. He held that position until June of 2010. During his time with Chicago, the Bears won three Division titles and the 2006 NFC Championship. In his nine Drafts with the Bears, the team drafted 12 future Pro Bowl performers such perennial Pro Bowler Matt Forte, Tommie Harris, Devin Hester, Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman.

In the 2012 – 2013 season, Gabriel was a consultant for the Philadelphia Eagles Scouting Department and has since done some small scouting roles for various NFL clubs.

Since leaving the NFL Gabriel has been a contributor for the National Football Post, the Bleacher Report and more recently Pro Football Weekly. He also is both a writer and contributor for WSCR (670the Score) in Chicago. The last three years he has authored the Pro Football Weekly Draft Guide.
Gabriel grew up in Amherst and is a 1974 graduate of Canisius College where he was a member of the football team. He and his wife Robin currently resides in the Chicago area.

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