Senior Bowl Q&A: LB A.J. Edds

Iowa linebacker A.J. Edds was impressive during Senior Bowl workouts this week, especially in the passing game. Scout.com's Ed Thompson talked with him about his Senior Bowl experience and his skills that Edds hopes will help him be successful at the next level.

Ed Thompson: A.J., that was another successful practice for you. You were moving well and covering lots of ground. What has this experience been like for you so far?

Aj Edds: It's been fun. It's good to be down here competing with some of the best seniors in the nation, to get a chance to mix it up a little bit, get back in the flow of things, playing some ball, and just great competition. That's all it is--just guys getting out there and having some fun, flying around, getting to know some of the best guys across the country, coming out and making a good experience out of it, and showing what you've got.

Thompson: What is it that you want the scouts to notice about your game while you are here this week?

Edds: The biggest thing is due to the position that I played at Iowa. I was out in space a lot and I want to show them that I'm a versatile player who can play in the box a bit as well. I'm not afraid to come downhill and play that contact aspect of the game. I want them to know that I can just do a little bit of everything, kind of a jack of all trades. I am willing to step into any kind of defense the coaches ask of me.


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Thompson: As I was watching you these last few days, one thing that really impressed me is your presence of mind out there. During the passing game, you seem to know the exact amount of time to stay with your initial receiver and then let him go so that you can protect against the running back or tight end coming out underneath the coverage. Your instincts are usually right regarding where the quarterback is going with the ball.

Edds: That's something I did a lot of at Iowa. I was out in space a lot, playing over smaller, quicker guys, getting a feel for when the ball was coming out, what the quarterback's read progression was, and knowing my position. Hopefully I can transfer that over to the next level and show that I've got that in my set of tricks.

Thompson: Do you have anybody that you've been keeping in touch with who's gone through this NFL draft experience and has been able to give you some tips?

Edds: Absolutely. Guys like Chad Greenway, Mitch King--guys that have played in this game and different levels of where they went in the draft. We had a first rounder and also a guy that played really well but ended up being a free agent, so I've gotten both of their perspectives. I'm just trying to keep a level head about the whole process and know that all you can do is go out and perform your best, leave it on the field and you can't ask for a whole lot more. So that's what I'm trying to do. I know if I can go out there and give it everything I've got, at the end of the day there is nothing else I can do.

Thompson: Special teams are a big role for an NFL rookie, so the fact that you know how to play and handle yourself in space is going to be a big plus for you.

Edds: I hope so. Being able to run a little bit and being a defender, obviously I've been able to make some plays in space. Hopefully that can be another thing that can add to my value. I hope to do whatever I can to help the squad out.

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