Round 4, Pick 101: S Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech
Other possibilities: Shaun Dion-Hamilton, Jordan Lasley, Aramani Watts.
After losing Burnett in free agency, this may be a little late for comfort to address safety in the draft. There may be some value here at wide receiver if the Packers have yet to address that need, or other defenders. Edmunds has the combination of upside and fills a need in this round so he’s the choice.
Terrell may not be the preferred Edmunds for most Packer fans, but that doesn’t make him a bad pick. Most safeties outside the elite group are seemingly separated into two groups, those that can cover, and those that can thump in the box. Edmunds falls a little more into the first group as somebody that can cover, which is why I like him here. He isn’t a bad tackler, just an inconsistent one. And it’s not for lack of effort.
With the safeties coming back for the Packers being Clinton-Dix, a deep guy, and Josh Jones, a hybrid who plays his best in the box, Edmunds feels like he fits right in the middle. His scouting report reads that he excels in areas as a safety that I wouldn’t feel comfortable putting Clinton-Dix or Jones in, which is covering tight ends.
Another reason I like Edmunds is because of his athletic ability. The Packers made an obvious effort to get more athletic in last year’s draft when they took Kevin King and Jones with their first two picks. If they’re still looking for guys that can fly around the field then Edmunds fits. He offers immediate depth and can quickly become a piece to move around on defense.