* 226 tackles, 13 for losses and 7 interceptions while a Hawkeye
* Team captain (leadership)
* Three time Academic Big Ten honors (smart)
* Scored 31 out of 50 on Wonderlic test, highest of all Dolphin rookies.
* Very fast. 4.6 in the 40. Excellent cover LB. (something Miami has been lacking)
* Second team ALL Big Ten Conference selection
* Special Team experience
Ok, I admit it, I was elated beyond words when my Dolphins drafted Edds and I even went as far as making him my official “sleeper pick” for the 2010 draft. Yes, once healthy, Ordick will be a great DE and Koa Misi has already proved the front office did its homework well as Misi has exceeded all expectations as an outside LB, playing opposite of Cameron Wake. But for me, it was all about Edds. He reminds me a taller, faster Zach Thomas. All the Miami fans ( myself included), ask where is the replacement for Dan Marino? Well, where is the replacement for Zach Thomas? I truly believe it is A.J.Edds. In my opinion, A.J. will return full strength for the 2011 season and make an immediate impact as a backup for Karlos Dansby and most likely a heavy contributor on special teams.
According to an article in the Palm Beach Post dated April 24th, 2010, I am not alone. Jeff Ireland is quoted as saying “A.J. is a very good cover linebacker and is a kid of top character and an excellent worker”. A.J. routinely covered tight ends, RB’s and even slot receivers. You have to love the kids’ attitude as well. When asked where he thought he would go in the draft, Edds was quoted as saying “It’s about where I thought I would go (4th round), but it doesn’t matter where you get drafted, it’s what you do when you get to a team.” If A.J. has the work ethic as advertised, can stay healthy and can develop a nose for the ball one half as good as Zach, the Miami Dolphin fans are in for a treat for years to come. What is not to like about this guy!
Good luck A.J.! Fins up!!!