5 best performances by Steelers players at the NFL Combine

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Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Terrell Edmunds (34). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds, 2018

Terrell Edmunds is one of three brothers who play or have played in the NFL, along with Tremaine and Trey Edmunds. Even their father Ferrell played in the NFL as a tight end, so athleticism clearly runs in the family. While you could argue that Tremaine had an even better combine than Terrell, they both shined after playing together at Virginia Tech. Terrell was coming off a solid but unspectacular junior season and was not as highly thought of as his younger brother.

Despite being primarily a box safety/linebacker in college, he tested much better than you would expect, running a 4.47 40 and finishing tied for 1st in the vertical (41.5’) and 2nd in the broad jump (134’). He also measured an impressive 6’2 and 220lbs, great size for a safety prospect. This led to the Steelers drafting him much higher than many expected at 28th overall in the 2018 draft.

His selection was met with plenty of backlash for being a reach, and early on it appeared to be the case. He was thrust into the starting lineup from day 1, playing over 90% of snaps in his first two seasons. He struggled in coverage and as a run defender, routinely missing tackles and getting beat by receivers.

Edmunds started to show some promise in his third season, but his 5th-year option was declined to make 2021 a contract year. He had easily his best performance as a pro in 2021, and now the Steelers must decide if he is worth signing to an extension now that he has developed into a starting-caliber safety.