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Mario Edwards | Defensive Tackle

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 285

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Florida State junior DE Mario Edwards "has the makeup of the ideal 3-4 end or 4-3 tackle who can disrupt the backfield in a number of ways," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.
"He utilizes long arms and strong hands to keep blockers out of his frame, and does a good job of maintaining vision, awareness and patience when engaged with taller opponents," Stephens wrote. "When given space off the line, Edwards exhibits good acceleration that transitions nicely to power on contact, as he's routinely able to force tackles to retreat, and eat up any space to the quarterback's left. He's flexible and loose-hipped when asked to establish position underneath his opponent or change direction, and he has the balance to recover and stay on course when tossed or knocked aside by blockers." The 6-foot-3, 294 pounder, the No. 1-ranked recruit of the 2012 class, could stand to improve upon his snap count anticipation and his leverage, according to the analyst. Jul 9 - 6:26 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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Florida State junior DE Mario Edwards is an attractive property to the NFL due to his ability to defend both the run and pass, writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

The 6-foot-3, 294 pounder, the No. 1-ranked recruit of the 2012 class, is an amazing athlete who has been clocked at 4.76 seconds in the 40 and can do standing back flips. "Edwards has blossomed into a disruptive playmaker off the edge, exhibiting impressive strength, power and athleticism," wrote Brooks. "In addition, Edwards shows a non-stop motor, which results in relentless effort and pursuit on running plays. As a pass rusher, Edwards relies on his superior effort, energy and strength to win on power moves off the corner. Although he will need to expand his repertoire at the next level, Edwards' effectiveness as a run-pass defender will earn him high marks from scouts in the fall." Edwards is one of the best defensive linemen in the NCAA.
Source: NFL.com
May 31 - 2:42 PM

Florida State junior DE Mario Edwards has been clocked at 4.76 seconds in the 40.

That's ludicrous for a human that measures 6-foot-3, 294 pounds, essentially making Edwards a freak amongst freaks on the Seminoles. NFL.com passes along that he can also do standing back flips as a 300-pounder. He doesn't come from bad genetics either: Edwards' father played CB for FSU and also played in the NFL. Edwards was rated the No. 3 overall player in the country in the 2012 recruiting class.
Source: NFL.com
May 29 - 9:47 PM

Florida State sophomore DL Mario Edwards posted three tackles for loss, including a sack, in the school's 34-31 win over Auburn.

Edwards was lining up as a defensive end in the school's three man line, which regularly switched to a four or five man front. The sophomore exhibited a great motor to chase down plays on second and third efforts and surprisingly looked comfortable in space.
Jan 7 - 10:31 AM

Florida State sophomore DL Mario Edwards (hand) will play Saturday against Maryland.

Edwards has missed the past two games with a broken right hand. "He has had one of the best weeks of practice he has had since he's been here. I've been very pleased," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "I think a little bit of it could be fresh legs — rejuvenated. Sometimes you miss something and it reminds you of how much you like it — how much fun it is to be out there. He's practiced really well." Edwards was rated the No. 3 overall player in the country in his recruiting class; he played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2012.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 08:00:00 PM

Florida State sophomore DL Mario Edwards is considered probable for Saturday's game against Maryland.

Edwards has missed the last tow games after breaking his right hand. He is now practicing with a glove or club. Edwards did have surgery to speed up the healing process, inserting a plate and eight screws into the injured area.
Source: USA Today
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 11:18:00 AM

Florida State true freshman Mario Edwards is now considered the third DE in the rotation.

It is quite a quick move up the depth chart for Edwards, who coaches were considering redshirting even through week one of the season. However, after senior Brandon Jenkins went down for the season and Tank Carradine had to step up into the starting lineup, Edwards was left as the most talented player on the bench.
Wed, Oct 17, 2012 09:48:00 AM

With the loss of senior DE Brandon Jenkins for the season, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher announced that freshman DL Mario Edwards will not redshirt.

Neither will defensive end Chris Casher. Edwards had previously been upset with his role on the scout team as the Seminoles prepared to redshirt him. The freshman was so disgruntled that he failed to attend a team dinner and the following day's game. Senior Tank Carradine will take the starter's snaps, but the drop off to the next reliable pass rusher could be significant.
Thu, Sep 6, 2012 06:53:00 PM

FSU true freshman DL Mario Edwards is reportedly upset with his role on the team and does not understand why he is being forced to practice with the scout team.

The freshman reportedly missed the team's Friday meal and did not show up for the opener on Saturday. It is unclear if the Seminoles staff plan to redshirt Edwards, but he certainly is not taking well.
Mon, Sep 3, 2012 05:36:00 PM