Chicago finishes off its front seven with Edmunds. The Bears could use more talent across from Leonard Floyd. Aaron Lynch was signed, but he's more of a rotational backup. Edmunds could play inside and outside linebacker as he is a great fit in Vic Fangio's defense. <br> <br>
Edmunds totaled 109 tackles with three forced fumbles, 5.5 sacks, 14 tackles for a loss and two passes batted in 2017. Edmunds recorded 106 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes broken up, one forced fumble and one interception that season. <br> <br>
In pass coverage, Edmunds (6-4, 253) is very well suited to today's NFL. As a professional he could be an asset as a linebacker weapon to neutralize receiving threat tight ends in man to man coverage. He was very good in zone coverage for Virginia Tech last two seasons. Edmunds is comfortable in space and uses his excellent closing speed to hunt down ball carriers. In zone coverage Edmunds is skilled to pick up receivers coming into his area and keeping them from getting open. He also is a dangerous blitzer and closes ground in an instant. <br> <br>
Edmunds is an excellent run defender. He has good instincts and is quick to read his keys. With quick reactionary skills, he is always around the ball. Add that in with his explosive speed and athleticism, Edmunds covers a ton of ground with a lot of tackles for a loss or near the line of scrimmage. He is a skilled defender at producing a lot of good down-and-distance situations for his defense. Edmunds gave Virginia Tech a lot of second-and-8s, third-and-7s, and consistently put his defense in good position.
The Patriots could lose Malcolm Butler in free agency after this season and that would open up the need for a starting corner across from Stephon Gilmore.
In 2016, Alexander had 44 tackles with seven passes broken up and two interceptions. He was extremely impressive as a freshman with 55 tackles, four interceptions and six passes broken up. At 6-foot-3, 193 pounds, Alexander has a lot of size and length to battle big receivers.
The Falcons could lose Dontari Poe in free agency, so they could target a nose tackle. <br> <br>
Settle (6-3, 335) put together a strong 2017 season and was one of the better defenders on a tough Virginia Tech defense. On the year, the big nose tackle totaled 36 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks and one pass batted. That was a big improvement over his 2016 season when he had 17 tackles and no sacks. The physical defender has a shot at being a first-rounder because he has some serious speed for such a big body. He also could be a second-day pick in the 2018 NFL Draft given how nose tackles are downgraded.