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Steven Ridley’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft

With the ninth overall pick in the 2018 Steven Ridley NFL Mock Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select:

Tremaine Edmunds; Linebacker from Virgina Tech University.

Sans Josh Allen, there is not another player who has more “Boom/Bust” potential as Tremaine Edmunds. On one hand, he has the highest ceiling and greatest potential of any defensive prospect in the class. His versatility and athleticism is unmatched within the linebacking class as to what he can do. Realistically, he can play up to three different positions within the 49er’s defensive scheme; the LEO and either the “Mike” or “Sam” spots. On the other hand, he also possess the biggest bust potential in the class. His potential is largely connected to his age; 20 when he enters the draft. The issue is, he really does not know what he does not know. He bites extremely hard on play action and lunges too often upon pre snap reads; over pursuing and being over aggressive as a result. That being said, how well Tremaine does in the league will largely depend on who his defense coordinator is; namely someone with a history of linebacking coaching. Thankfully for fans of the “Gold Rush”, Robert Saleh is just the type of coach who will allow Tremaine to unlock his potential in due time. Here is another positive aspect; Kyle Shannhan need not worry about character issues with Edmunds.

About Steven Ridley

A Canadian loving gamer and analytical American Football fan; Steven has turned to the Black 'n Gold since the days of seeing Troy Amuna Polamalu way back in 2008. Since then, he has been getting more engaged with the sport. In addition of studying the aspects of the game, college prospect scouting is one of his favorite pastimes.
  • bigboss223a

    strength in the world means very little if your accuracy is not very good. Knowing this however is why Josh Allen is the number one pick as Dorsey is using 2018 as a redshirt year for Allen to learn the do’s and do not’s of the NFL. Once 2019 is here is where Dorsey and the Browns will hopefully see the fruition of a year’s worth of experience.

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  • cunez

    Once 2019 is here is where Dorsey and the Browns will hopefully see the fruition of a year’s worth of experience.

  • Bawb the Revelator

    IF – AND IT’S A BIG “IF” – Mason Rudolph has a big day versus Baltimore the Steelers may have found theit franchise QB and it isn’t KP8. Mason’s been a hard luck guy since he was deafted and Ben was “insulted.” Ben is no rocket scientist but his physical gifts, history and hope combined to make Rudolph an afterthought for years.. Staing ready to play plus maturity may have combined to make MASON THE successor to Ben the Steelers truly need. If so, it settles a big question for the Pittsburgh Steelers.