The Clemson Insider gives a scouting report on every player on Clemson’s summer depth chart. We will break down what the player does best, what he needs to work on, how he compares to other former players at his position and where he fits on the Clemson roster.
Player name: Marcus Edmond (6-0, 175)
Player position: Cornerback (field side)
Years left of eligibility: 1 year
Current rank on depth chart: First Team
Player productivity so far: Edmond saw an expanded role in the secondary in 2016. He has 26 tackles in 32 career games, including three starts. In 2016, he earned share the defense’s 12th Man Award, along with defensive end Austin Bryant and former defensive tackle Scott Pagano. He tallied 19 tackles (17 solo) with an interception and three pass breakups in 13 games. He started three games in 2016. The two biggest plays came against Louisville and NC State. He made a game-saving tackle in the final seconds to beat the Cardinals and then a few weeks later he intercepted a pass in the end zone to secure the Tigers’ overtime win over the Wolfpack.
What player does best: Edmond is lanky and lean and has a good vertical. He does a good job in man coverage and can highpoint the football very well. He has very good speed and can cover just about anyone one-on-one. He is a good tackler, too.
What player needs to work on: Edmond sometimes takes himself out of position and gets caught peaking in the backfield or over reads the quarterback’s eyes. He needs to work on his technique a little and become more physical.
Productivity of former Clemson players at the position:
Ryan Carter, 2016: He had 29 tackles (26 solo) while playing in all 15 games and starting 13. He also had 5.5 tackles for loss and one sack. Carter was also responsible for 7 pass breakups and had one interception.
Cordrea Tankersley, 2015: He had 60 tackles (51 solo), including 3.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He also had one sack and broke up a team-high 11 passes and had one quarterback pressure. Tankersley led the Tigers with 5 interceptions.
Gary Peters, 2014: He had 52 total tackles, but 45 were solo. He also had 8 tackles for loss and 2 sacks to go along with a team-high 15 passes broken up. He had 2 quarterback pressures and one interception.
Darius Robinson, 2013: He started all 13 games. He finished with 37 tackles, but 32 were solo. He had 3 tackles for loss and 2 passes broken up. He also had 3 interceptions and returned one 35 yards for a touchdown.
What can you hope for? You hope Edmond continues to improve like he did last year. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said he had a very productive spring, despite having a heavy workload of school work so he could graduate in May, which he did with flying colors.
What is a realistic expectation? Just looking at what every field corner has done since Mike Reed became the Tigers’ cornerbacks coach tells me it is reasonable to expect Edmond to continue that production and can shut that side of the field down. Like I wrote earlier, he is a good tackler with very good skills. There is no reason not to believe he will be productive.
What about the future? The future is now for Edmond. Though he has some starting experience, this will be the first year he will head into fall camp as the expected starter. He has a tough battle ahead with Mark Fields on his heels for the starting job.
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