After playing in just 13 games for the Clemson Tigers, defensive back Marcus Edmond looks to beat long odds to make the roster of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Edmond posted just 25 tackles and one interception during an injury-riddled college career. An ankle injury set him back in 2017, limiting him to just two games. So how is he going to make it at the professional level?
Edmond is determined. He’s gotten this far based on his talent and if he can stay on the field, he might finally be able to show that.
Coming out of high school, Edmond narrowed his choices down to North Carolina State and Clemson. Obviously he chose Clemson, and in 2016, he did this:
It was the only interception of his college career but it was one that helped the Tigers stay undefeated and one that ultimately helped lead to a national championship. It’s one he won’t soon forget.
You can find great stories of how Edmond’s parents traveled to all of his games, even if he couldn’t. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney even called him the “epitome” of the Clemson program and noted his strong measurables and high football IQ.
There may be something to work with. Here are his numbers from the Clemson pro day.
40-yard dash: 4.53
Bench press (225 pounds): 12 reps
Vertical leap: 32 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 8 inches
20-yard shuttle: 4.40
3-cone drill: 6.89
None of those numbers jump off the board, but they do he stacks up at the next level. Can he keep up in coverage against professional wide receivers? That will be the question.
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I can see this kid having the grit to compete at the next level, there’s just one problem. The Chargers are incredibly deep at cornerback.
I don’t see any room in Los Angeles for Edmond. He may prove he has what it takes to contribute to a team some day, but I don’t think that will be for the Chargers.