Posted on: August 3, 2010 1:26 pm
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting that Dolphins' fourth round pick A.J. Edds has been placed on the Physical Unable to Perform List after tearing the ACL in his right knee during practice Monday evening.
The loss of Edds (pronounced Eads) is a significant one for the Dolphins who were planning on using the 6-4, 246 pound Edds as a coverage specialist at inside linebacker during nickel situations. Edds started 38 games at strongside linebacker in the Iowa Hawkeyes 4-3 scheme, but, according to Miami head coach Tony Sparano, Edds had impressed early on with his ability to acclimate to the Dolphins' 3-4 strategy.
Said Sparano this morning, confirming Edd's injury:
“He did a good job,” Sparano said. “Obviously there was a lot of football left out here. A.J. looked like he had some good promise and had the ability to do some good jobs. We’ll get him healthy and we’ll get going.”
Edds was a player I was particularly high on. Like many Iowa players, he came to the NFL exceptionally well-coached by Kirk Ferentz's staff. While Edds' linebacking teammate, inside linebacker Pat Angerer received much of the press during their respective career with the Hawkeyes, I was more consistently impressed with Edds' play on film and when scouting him in person at the Senior Bowl. Angerer was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round.
I characterized Edds as a "personal favorite" numerous times in preparation for the 2010 draft and explained some of the reasoning behind the attention in this Senior Bowl post-practice report.
I felt then that "There's nothing flashy about Iowa outside linebacker A.J. Edds, but he always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Whether blowing up fullbacks or covering up receivers in the flat, he flashed the skills to be a Ben Leber-type coverage linebacker who will play for 10 years in the NFL."
Hopefully Edds will come back a year from now just as athletic and instinctive. His work ethic was praised by Iowa coaches in the past and I suspect that it will be by the Miami coaches and trainers soon, as well.
Without Edds' instincts and athleticism in coverage, the Dolphins may have to turn back to two veterans much better suited towards playing the run than pass with incumbent starter Channing Crowder and recent addition Tim Dobbins, who was acquired via a trade with San Diego that allowed the Chargers to move up to the No. 12 pick to select Fresno State running back Ryan Matthews.
Posted on: September 12, 2009 2:48 pm
Fresno State and Central Michigan are giving Wisconsin and Michigan State all they can handle thus far this morning.
The most impressive NFL prospect for the Fresno State Bulldogs thus far has been junior running back Ryan Matthews, a 5-11, 220 pound back with good straight-line speed, vision for the cutback, some wiggle in the hole and impress forward lean in short yardage situations.
For the Badgers, tight end/H-back/fullback Garrett Graham has been his typically sure-handed self and showed better than expected strength and hand placement as a blocker on one of Wisconsin's early scores.
Quarterback Dan LeFevour has been the story for Central Michigan. He has the accuracy and arm-strength scouts are looking for in a developmental quarterback, but for those that haven't seen him, his ability as a runner has led to comparisons to that Tebow guy down in Florida.