When you look at T.J. Edwards’ highlight footage and game film, you can see why so many think he’ll make the Philadelphia Eagles final 53-man roster.
To call someone a beast almost seems derogatory, unless, of course, you’re talking about someone who plays football, especially on defense. We’ve used the term beast to describe the likes of Nigel Bradham, Malcolm Jenkins, and Fletcher Cox. Recently, the same term has been used in conjunction with a new Philadelphia Eagles prospect, linebacker T.J. Edwards.
Edwards may not be in that category yet, but that good old fashioned eyeball test we tend to use is resulting in a few passing grades, and thought it’s the middle of May, too early for anyone to determine who’s on the roster, there are a few whispers that the former Wisconsin standout has a better than average chance to sneak onto the Eagles final roster.
Don’t look now, but this year’s Corey Clement or Josh Adams (undrafted guys who proved early that they belonged) might not be someone who plays on offense. Instead, ‘The Birds’ may have found a diamond in the form of a guy who didn’t hear his name called during the most recent seven-round selection meeting.
Take a look at some of the highlights:
Clip courtesy of the Big Ten Network’s official YouTube channel
Here’s what was said by NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, in the profile he did on Edwards:
"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."
You don’t start for four years with the Badgers and rack up 366 total tackles (215 were solo and 37.5 resulted in a loss of yardage), eight career sacks, ten career interceptions, 15 pass breakups, a fumble, and a fumble recovery because you showed up in a few spots accidentally.
Now, will that and some good highlight tape translate to the NFL? Is Edwards in line to become one of the next great Eagles linebackers? It’s too early to tell, but no one is going to complain if he does, except for the rivals of course.