All-America LB Edmiston hopes for pro camp invite

Jake Edmiston tosses a football during the Colorado Mesa University spring football scrimmage on April 26.



Jake Edmiston might have to miss some final exams — at least, that’s what he hopes.

The Colorado Mesa All-America linebacker might have to leave school early to report to an NFL team.

Edmiston is drawing interest from a handful of NFL teams.

The Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers have spoken to Colorado Mesa coach Russ Martin about the record-setting linebacker.

The NFL draft is May 8-10, and even if Edmiston isn’t drafted, he could sign a free-agent contract with a team. He would report one or two days later. Finals at CMU are May 12-15.

“It’s too soon to tell,” Edmiston said. “There are a ton of guys trying to go on. There are all these graduates and free agents trying to get jobs that aren’t available.

“I’m hoping to get a camp invite.”

All Edmiston, who played at Palisade High School before his stellar college career at Mesa, can do now is finish up school and wait.

“It’s a weird situation,” he said. “A lot going on, but directly, I don’t know much about it. I’m the piece of meat teams are shopping for. Coach Martin and my agent are my sales people.”

Edmiston participated in a “Pro Day” workout at Colorado State University in mid-March in front of scouts from 28 teams.

“It was the first time performing with people representing teams,” Edmiston said. “It was humbling, but a great opportunity.”

He also worked out for scouts at CSU-Pueblo on March 31.

“I feel like the guys participating in it got more individual attention because it was smaller. I’m thankful coaches there gave me the opportunity,” he said of the Pueblo Pro Day.

Edmiston did all the standard speed, agility and strength tests. He benched 225 pounds 15 times and ran a 4.84 in the 40-yard dash. He also did broad jump (9 feet, 9 inches) and vertical jump (35.5 inches).

“I thought I did as good as I could have,” Edmiston said. “I’m not a big-time testing guy. I’m not going to blow you out of the water with speed or strength. I hope in the end I did enough to get a chance.

“Hopefully they like what they see.”

NFL teams followed up with phone conversations with Martin.

“Several scouts have called and asked about Jake,” Martin said. “They’re trying to get background on his character off the field as well as on the field. I told them he’s as great of a student of the game as I’ve seen. He’ll excel in the tangibles.”

Martin said there is definite interest from the NFL scouts in Edmiston.

“If he can get a chance, he’ll make the most of it,” Martin said. “Coming from a Division II program, there’s always a concern with the numbers game. In all likelihood, he’ll not be drafted, but could sign as a free agent. Sometimes it’s better being a free agent. It allows you a better opportunity to find a team that is a better fit.

“It’s not where you are picked, it’s where you get the chance.”

Edmiston earned Daktronics All-America honors and was the RMAC Defensive Player of the Year after setting the NCAA Division II single-season tackles record with 177, tackles per game (16.1) and solo tackles per game (9.3).

He also made the Capital One Academic All-American team, RMAC Academic Player of the Year and RMAC All-Academic team with a 3.82 GPA. He graduates this semester with a degree in statistics with a minor in history and an associate’s degree in business.


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