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Mario Edwards | Defensive Tackle

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

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Raiders selected Florida State DE Mario Edwards with the No. 35 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
Edwards (6'3/279) was a first-team All-ACC pick as a true junior in 2014, finishing his career with 26 starts, 23 TFLs, and eight sacks. He saw action at defensive tackle, end, and even "Jack" linebacker, a testament to Edwards' versatility. Edwards has long arms (33 1/4) and gargantuan hands (10 7/8), and impressed in Indy with a 4.84 forty, 32 1/2-inch vertical, and 10-foot broad jump. Edwards' tape is spotty, however, as his effort comes and goes and he was seen as an underachiever in terms of pass rush at FSU. Edwards looks like a boom-or-bust prospect. He'll compete for snaps at right end opposite LE Justin Tuck. Fri, May 1, 2015 07:24:00 PM

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Bob McGinn spoke with one NFL scout who called FSU DL Mario Edwards Jr. a "phenomenal athlete."

"He's similar to Sheldon Richardson coming out from a measurable standpoint. He ran better, he's taller, his arm length was a little better," the scout said. We disagree with the statement that Edwards is a great athlete, at least from a testing standpoint. Even after dropping somewhere between 20 to 30 pounds, Edwards tested in the 45th percentile for edge rushers in the NFL per SPARQ. Average is not bad, but average is not "phenomenal." Some teams could ask the 279 pounder to add weight and move back inside.
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 09:30:00 AM

An anonymous NFL scout cautioned that you "don't want to take [FSU edge rusher/DL Mario Edwards Jr.] too early, but you get him a little later you might have a good pick."

"He's a big, athletic guy, but didn't make a lot of plays," another scout told the New Jersey Star-Ledger. "He's going to need some work." A different scout indicated that Edwards can play inside or outside but must improve his pass rush. "He's not bad," another scout said. "I don't like the way they played him. They had him out in space. I think he'd be better inside. He's really strong."
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 12:14:00 AM

FSU edge rusher/DL Mario Edwards Jr. is visiting the Jets Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Edwards is frequently linked with a top 50 selection even if his 2014 tape does not warrant it. The defensive lineman dropped 20 to 30 pounds during the draft process. The Jets might be moving to a bit of a different defense, but they have plenty of versatile players up front. Teams could use the same word for Edwards.
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 01:53:00 PM

Former NFL executive Greg Gabriel is hearing FSU pass rusher Mario Edwards' name linked with a few teams at the end of round one.

As Gabriel put it, Edwards "is getting a lot of play" in this range of the draft. It is surprising after watching Edwards' final season at FSU. He rarely impacted games on the edge or when allowed to work inside. The defensive lineman did dropped 20-30 pounds since the season but still tested like an average NFL athlete at the position. Average is not bad, but Edwards continues to receive the "upside" tag.
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 10:12:00 AM

An NFL evaluator told CBS that he expects FSU DL Mario Edwards Jr. to go in Round 1.

"Why aren't any of you guys writing about Mario Edwards?" he said. "I look around the Internet at these mock drafts and I don't think I've seen him in the first round in one of them. He's not showing up in any of them. I think you're missing on him. He's going to surprise some people. I think he goes in the first round. In this [not overly talented] draft, he's definitely a first-rounder for me." Interestingly, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora passed along that he thinks many other evaluators are playing coy and not talking about Edwards because they're hoping that he slides. "There was a dropoff across the board from that defense, and a lot of it I think was from losing their coordinator," another evaluator said. "He was the man. But if you look at some of those kids over the last two or three years, man, there are a lot of players there. I think Edwards and [Seminoles defensive tackle Eddie] Goldman are first-rounders." Concluded La Canfora: "
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 08:52:00 PM

FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo reports that FSU DL Mario Edwards Jr. visited the Patriots, and has visits lined up with the Texans and Seahawks.

The 6-foot-2 1/2, 272-pound Edwards Jr. had a career-high 44 stops, with 11 tackles for a loss, 3.0 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2014. The FSU prospect is suited to play defensive end in a 3-4 defense, however, he may need to bulk up closer to 300 pounds at the next level. Edwards has some first round potential, but most likely, he'll be a day 2 selection.
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 03:00:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock says FSU DL Mario Edwards Jr.'s draft stock is rising.

"Back in August, he was over 300 pounds," Mayock said. "At the combine, 279 -- 272 at his pro day. Now he looks like a base defensive end who can kick inside on sub-packages. That gets some teams excited. The question is, though, now that you're paying him as a second-round pick, which guy are you getting, the 300-pounder or the 272-pounder with an edge?" Colleague Daniel Jeremiah said Edwards' weight and position have factored into his difficult evaluation. Edwards may sneak into Round 1 but won't last long on Day 2 if he doesn't.
Mon, Apr 13, 2015 11:04:00 PM

FSU EDGE/DL Mario Edwards Jr. is scheduled to visit the Cowboys and Bears, according to Aaron Wilson.

CBS Sports' Jason la Canfora added he has a hard time seeing the Nole make it out of the top twenty picks. That is surprising. "Speaking to an AFC College Scouting Director about Edwards, Jr. at a workout, he raved about his athleticism & movement skills for his size," Bucky Brooks tweeted. Edwards was not good for FSU last year, but dropped around 20 lbs since the season. It would purely be an "upside" selection.
Mon, Apr 13, 2015 11:18:00 AM

FSU DL Mario Edwards "had an outstanding pro-day workout, looking athletic and moving around well with great explosion," reported NFL Media's Gil Brandt.

"Edwards really helped himself in the draft at the pro day," Brandt wrote. The 6-foot-2 1/2, 272-pounder lost seven pounds from his combine weight and over 20 pounds from his listed collegiate weight. Edwards (10 7/8 inch hands) probably wants to play on the outside at the next level.
Wed, Apr 1, 2015 10:01:00 PM

FSU EDGE/DL Mario Edwards Jr. was put through a private workout by the Cowboys and has one scheduled with the Panthers.

Edwards is one of this draft's biggest conundrums, and his projection shows that. Some buzz has linked the defensive lineman in the first round, but that is attributed to "upside" and not his play. Edwards has lost a considerable amount of weight and seems certain to stay on the edge.
Wed, Apr 1, 2015 09:22:00 AM

FSU DL Mario Edwards "plays with instincts that cannot be taught and, regardless if he can drop back as a linebacker, has the ability to cause trouble anywhere along the defensive line," wrote's Frank Cooney.

"He has an impressive combination of strength and instincts that enabled him to be a force both as an edge-setter against the run, and an inside power rusher threatening the pocket," Cooney wrote. "Edwards even dropped back as a 3-4 linebacker, but considering he fights to keep weight down that shouldn't be a long-term game plan." Edwards weighed in at 279 pounds at the combine. He's extremely strong for that size. "Two seventy-nine is good," Edwards said when asked about his weight. "I'd like to stay here or get to about 285, 288-ish. That's when I'm able to go inside and go against guards or I can do an end at a five-technique. I'm more versatile that way."
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 10:57:00 PM

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."
Mon, Feb 23, 2015 10:48:00 PM

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.
Wed, Feb 18, 2015 12:31:00 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
Thu, Jan 8, 2015 07:32:00 PM