4 reasons Terrell Edmunds could live up to his first-round status

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Terrell Edmunds #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Terrell Edmunds #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) /
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Terrell Edmunds has stepped up his game in recent weeks. Here are four reasons why the Steelers safety could live up to his first-round status.

When the Steelers drafted Virginia Tech safety, Terrell Edmunds, in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, I was not pleased. I’m a draft junkie who spends hours on end watching game film following the college football season, and I didn’t believe Edmunds should have been a player on Pittsburgh’s radar in round one.

Though he had some interesting qualities to him, the inconsistencies on film were evident in every cut-up I watched. With most draft analysts having a second or third-round grade on the Virginia Tech safety, many were shocked to see him skyrocket to the 28th overall pick in the draft. Now, I’m not so sure this is the same bad pick I thought it would be.

While it may have taken Terrell Edmunds two-and-a-half years in the league to find his footing, the former first-round draft choice has really come on strong in recent weeks. After what we have seen over the past several contests, Edmunds has given us reason to believe that he could actually live up to his first-round draft status. Here are four reasons why:

The Steelers safety is starting to make plays

Before Pittsburgh’s Week 11 contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Edmunds was on a 38-game drought without an interception (you heard that right). It had gotten to the point where Steelers fans had literally no ‘big-play’ expectations for the former first-round pick. Fortunately, he ended that drought against the Jags.

Edmunds recorded not one, but two interceptions in Jacksonville and made several other plays around the ball. Taking the ball away is something he did quite well in college, as he had 6 combined interceptions to go with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery over his final two seasons. If Edmunds can keep this up, he will give Pittsburgh’s defense a huge boost.