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Mario Edwards | Defensive Tackle

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 294

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An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that FSU DL Mario Edwards is "still kind of a project."
"Big athletic guy," the scout said. "Just didn't have much production or feel as a rusher. You hope he'd be a better rusher to take him in the first round but he's got size and is athletic." The 6-foot-3, 279-pound Edwards has huge hands at 10 7/8 inches. "Huge D-end but could even bounce inside and rush as a three-technique," another scout said. "Very, very strong upper body. Plays the run extremely well but also can rush the passer." Feb 23 - 10:48 PM

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FSU DL Mario Edwards is "an intriguing prospect because he flashes talent but not consistency," according to NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock.

"If he was a more consistent player, I think we'd be talking about him a little bit higher in the draft," Mayock said. "I like his height, weight, speed, but I think he's going to be more a third-round pick." He's graded by CBS as a potential top-75 choice. "Although his pass rush ability is limited, Edwards proved to be a reliable run defender with his forceful hands and athletic movement skills to hold the edge and chase down plays in pursuit," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 12:31 PM

FSU junior DL Mario Edwards "projects best as a left end in a four-man front, but with the added weight, could be looked at as a three-technique tackle for some teams," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Edwards announced Tuesday he will leave Tallahassee early for the draft. "Edwards arrived at Florida State as one of the top high school recruits in the country three years ago and although he didn't live up to the hype for the Seminoles, he developed into a quality starter with obvious potential," Brugler wrote. "Much like his weight over the years, his play fluctuated as he showed flashes of dominance, but then disappeared for stretches. Edwards lined up inside and outside for the Seminoles, as well as a joker position standing up and bouncing around the line of scrimmage to attack gaps." He's graded by CBS as a potential top-75 choice. "Although his pass rush ability is limited, Edwards proved to be a reliable run defender with his forceful hands and athletic movement skills to hold the edge and chase down plays in pursuit," Brugler wrote. "He is a mean-spirited competitor, but needs to improve his all-around consistency with his technique and disc
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 7:32 PM

FSU junior DL Mario Edwards will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, reports ESPN's Joe Schad.

Edwards entered the season as arguably the draft's most divisive prospect. He went No. 7 overall in Dane Brugler's August mock draft, while TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded him as a UDFA. Today, a fair assessment of his stock would probably be "Day 2," though obviously his value could continue to fluctuate. The 6-foot-3, 294-pounder (he was down to 278 by the end of the season), the No. 1-ranked recruit of the 2012 class, could stand to improve upon his snap count anticipation and his leverage, though Edwards possesses straight-line power and some lateral ability. We think Edwards was miscast at times as a DE and would have liked to see him play inside more often. Expect Edwards to receive Lamarr Houston comparisons.
Jan 7 - 12:56 PM

FSU junior DL Mario Edwards Jr. told reporters he is down to 278 lbs.

Edwards to Ralph D. Russo he was 315 to start season and 295 at midpoint. This shows how difficult it is to keep on weight during an entire season of football. Edwards has played on the edge for the most part, so the lower weight might suit him better. If he does bulk back up, expect Edwards to receive Lamarr Houston comparisons. We would like to see him play more snaps inside.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 12:24:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that FSU junior DL Mario Edwards appeared to "lack the same disruptive quickness" he showed in 2013.

Brugler speculated that the 6-foot-3, 294-pound Edwards, who put on bulk over the summer, might have lost his quickness thanks to the added weight. Brugler was impressed by his performance against the Cavaliers, though, writing that "he looked motivated last week against Virginia and had his best performance of 2014, finishing with nine tackles, four for loss and one sack." At his best, Edwards has a lot of straight-line power and some lateral ability. He'll look to build on his performance against Virginia in Saturday night's showdown with Miami.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 08:01:00 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher praised junior DL Mario Edwards Jr.'s performance versus Virginia.

Just looking at the box score, Edwards accounted for four tackles for loss, one of which went for a sack, and he added a forced fumble. The monstrous edge rusher is one of the more unique draft-eligible prospects, since you rarely see someone of his size play his position. We would like to see him take more snaps from the three and one techniques.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 01:15:00 PM

The Orlando Sentinel reports that FSU junior DL Mario Edwards Jr. returned back to practice on Monday, after missing last weeks game versus NC State with a concussion.

The 6-foot-3, 294-pound Edwards Jr.’s presence was definitely missed last week in FSU’s 56-41 win over NC State. At the moment, Edwards is still considered day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Wake Forest. The FSU prospect is asked to line up in a variety of sets on defense and is asked to be one of the more versatile players on the team. He offers straight-line power and some lateral ability.
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 02:31:00 PM

FSU junior DL Mario Edwards Jr. has been ruled out for Saturday's game against NC State with a concussion.

Edwards Jr. likely won't be needed against NC State, but the junior lines up in a variety of sets on defense and is asked to be one of the more versatile players on the team. He offers straight-line power and some lateral ability.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 09:16:00 AM

FSU junior DL Mario Edwards Jr. was "underwhelming" in Saturday's game against Oklahoma State, hurting his draft stock, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He appeared heavy with limited range and didn't show much explosiveness as he routinely was the last lineman off the snap," Brugler wrote. Edwards remains arguably the draft's most divisive prospect. He went No. 7 overall in Brugler's mock draft published in August, but TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded him as a UDFA. "Edwards, who lined up mostly in a two-point stance on the edges, showed only one pass rush move -- upper-body power," Brugler wrote. "He didn't dispaly any creativity with hand use and struggled to sequence effective rush moves together. Edwards' added weight this off-season was probably by design, but his competitive drive is something he can control better and did not show consistent hunger on a snap-by-snap basis in the opener. A former high-profile high school recruit, the light bulb seemed to come on for him at the end of last season, but there was more bad than good from Edwards to begin this campaign."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 05:39:00 PM

FSU junior DL Mario Edwards Jr. went No. 7 overall to the Redskins in Dane Brugler's mock draft at CBS Sports.

At this ridiculously premature juncture, Edwards is arguably the draft's most divisive prospect. Just how split are opinions on the Seminoles' prospect? Consider that TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded him as a UDFA earlier this summer, went back to the film after he was crushed for the opinion, and refused to change his grade upon further review. "I didn’t see a defensive lineman who was especially explosive or strong," Pauline wrote. "Maybe I’m wrong or I may have expected too much from Edwards but until further notice I’ll stick to my guns on this one."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 01:09:00 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says he'll "stick to my guns" with regards to his UDFA grade on FSU junior DL Mario Edwards Jr.

"I’ve been called out by a number of people because of the free agent ranking I gave Mario Edwards Jr., so I went back and studied the notes," the expert wrote. "What it confirmed was someone who did not make a lot of plays on the ball (evidenced by his stats) or create opportunities for teammates. I didn’t see a defensive lineman who was especially explosive or strong. Maybe I’m wrong or I may have expected to much from Edwards but until further notice I’ll stick to my guns on this one." Edwards Jr. has certainly put in the work over the offseason to transcend Pauline's grade. He has reportedly bulked up to 300 pounds -- the staff told him to stop gaining weight -- and can squat 600 pounds, bench 400 pounds, and execute back flips.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 12:17:00 AM

FSU junior DL Mario Edwards Jr. has bulked up to 300 lbs after previously being listed around 290 lbs.

Edwards Jr. "squated 600 lbs. this offseason and the training staff told him not to add any more weight," beat writer Brendan Sonnone writes. "He can also bench press 400 lbs. and still has the athleticism to pull off back flips." We would expect Edwards Jr. to play more inside this year, as his powerful style projects well for an interior disruptor.
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 11:21:00 AM

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.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 06:26:00 PM

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
Sat, May 31, 2014 02:42:00 PM