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The argument for Tremaine Edmunds to be first linebacker off the board

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Is history in Miami about to repeat? Should it?

With the 11th pick in the first round, the Miami Dolphins could do several of things come Thursday. We previously wrote that they could be interested in selecting Lamar Jackson. They also could look to return to a familiar family tree. Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds could be a fit with Miami and following in his dad’s footsteps.

Ferrell Edmunds played seven NFL seasons, four with the Dolphins and made two Pro Bowls with one of those in Miami. Tremaine is in a battle with Georgia’s Roquan Smith to be the first linebacker off the board on Thursday.

While Edmunds may not be as advanced as Smith in the football IQ department, he makes up for it with pure athleticism you don’t see out of your typical linebacker. Elite size, speed, and explosiveness will mask some of his rookie adjustments.

Between his sophomore and junior seasons, he tallied 202 combined tackles, 30.5 for loss, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles. Oh yes, by the way, he is doing all this and won’t turn 20 years old until after the draft.
Tremaine isn’t alone either, as he has an older brother Terrell, who is a safety and will also be in the draft.

One of the cons for Tremaine Edmunds is he doesn’t turn 20 until May 2nd, and is still learning the game and not yet at his whole sum of the parts. However, that may actually be hidden pros.

At just 19, he will be the youngest player taken in this draft, you can’t expect him to be a finished product. Still,  to put up the numbers he did and to see how he plays the game at such a young age makes you wonder just how great he could be.

If he is already looking like a potential Pro Bowl player now, imagine what he could be at 23-24 with years under his belt.  And four years of NFL knowledge etched into his brain.

We know he’s got the genetics and background from his dad.

Now, will someone take him as the first linebacker?

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