As fun it as it is to say the phrase “Eagles eyeing Edds?” repeatedly as a tongue-twister, that’s definitely not the point of this article, which focuses in on a certain Draft prospect the Birds seem to be showing some interest in. A.J. Edds, a solid starter at the Outside Linebacker position from the University of Iowa, is no where near as exciting to watch as some of the other ranked LBs for the upcoming Draft, but always seems to be making a smart decision and avoiding a mistake. In 4 seasons as a member of the NCAA, he racked up 219 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 7 interceptions, while missing no games since the end of the 2006 campaign.
His speed is far from impressive, and his ability to make thrilling plays is simply not there, but Edds (pictured) is arguably one of the most consistent and reliable Linebackers available in April’s Draft. His sure-handed tackling skills compare to that of Sean Weatherspoon’s, one of the top-rated OLBs set to enter the NFL in 2010; he just doesn’t make as many significant plays and does not stand out as much. At 6-foot-4 and 244 pounds, the Iowa product has favorable size for a Linebacker, and would provide the Eagles with some needed depth at his position.
Now, how/why are the Eagles “eyeing Edds”, you ask? Well, throughout practices for this weekend’s Senior Bowl game, Philadelphia officials were spotted paying close attention to the Linebacker several times. Of course, almost every person at the practice sessions will be watching every player closely, but an employee from the New Era Scouting company even went as far as saying that representatives of the Eagles were following around Edds and his squad “as if [they] were [kids] looking for autograph[s]. [They] had to like what [they] saw in A.J. Edds. He dis played some quick feet in the bag drills and showed outstanding coverage ability. He flows to the ball and just has a nice feel for the game. [He is also a] physical tackler that uses nice technique.” In addition to that, the Eagles’ own defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was named as one of the primary seekers of Edds and his production, so there might just be some serious interest flowing around here.
Then again, they might have just been scouting hard like a lot of others, and not paying attention particularly to A.J. Edds. Even so, it’s enjoyable to speculate on topics like this with the Draft around the corner. And, of course, it’s also fun to say tongue-twisters.