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Virginia Tech lineback Tremaine Edmunds answers questions Saturday during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Heather Bremer | CNHI Sports Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — Teams love Tremaine Edmunds' speed and athleticism.

The Virginia Tech linebacker seems like a prototypical defender for the modern NFL. And he's only 19 years old.

The only hurdle left in his rapid rise to apparent superstardom is the small matter of figuring out which position he'll play at the next level.

"Just my length, my speed, my ability to play out in space, I just feel like I can match up," Edmunds said Saturday during the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. "I can do different things. I don't limit myself so I can perfect my craft at whatever position it is. Whatever position they ask me to play, I'll be fine."

Some teams look at Edmunds' speed and envision a unique pass rusher off the edge. Others believe he's a better fit as a safety or nickel corner with a unique ability to match up against the big, athletic tight ends that proliferate today's professional game.

There's even a chance he'll remain in the inside linebacker role he's excelled at with the Hokies.

The idea of using an athletic linebacker with safety skills in the middle of the defense has worked before. In fact, Brian Urlacher made a Hall of Fame career out of it with the Bears.

And Edmunds has drawn comparisons to the former Chicago star.

"I don't pay too much attention to it, just try to keep my head on straight and take it one day at a time," Edmunds said. "He's a big-time player. So I'm definitely honored by that."

Edmunds has strong family ties to the NFL.

His father, Ferrell, was a Pro Bowl tight end for the Dolphins. And one brother, Trey, currently is a running back with the Saints.

Another brother, Terrell, played alongside Tremaine at Virginia Tech and is part of this draft class as a safety.

Edmunds always has preferred to blaze his own path.

He settled in at linebacker from an early age, and he draws inspiration from as many sources as possible.

"I pull a little bit from everybody's game, to tell you the truth," Edmunds said. "I take a little bit from each guy, look at those legends, look at those Pro Bowlers, just look at guys that did a good job at their position and combine all of that to hopefully one day put into my game."


UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin stole the show Saturday at the Combine.

His left hand was amputated when he was 4 years old, and he used a special prosthetic device to compete in the bench press.

One unnamed general manager told him he'd be shocked if Griffin could do five reps at 225 pounds. The inspirational defender surprised even himself by performing 20, nine better than his lifetime high.

"My goal was six," Griffin said during a well-attended press conference. "I think I beat that by a lot. When I first started training, I was doing 11 reps, and usually, when you train with guys who bench a lot, they might add three or four reps. I added more than three or four to my actual max. Just being able to do that, it was amazing. Hearing the crowd and getting the juices flowing, I felt it. I didn't know I had it in me, but it came out today."

All eyes likely will be on Griffin when he competes in on-field drills Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.


Boston College defensive end Harold Landry has some work to do this weekend to move up the draft board at his position.

But the former Eagles' star believes he's well-equipped for the job.

"I think that nobody in this class has a first step like mine, the bend like mine and the burst to the quarterback like me," Landry said. "I am not saying I am perfect, there are plenty of things I can improve on in my game, but in this draft I do believe I am the best pass rusher."

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