Photo of Mario Edwards, Jr.
Drafted By: Raiders
  • Round 2
  • Pick 3
  • Overall 35

Combine Results

Grade
5.5 ?
  • 4.84 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 32 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.44 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.55 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Edwards was a polarizing conversation in draft circles this year. He was 272 (pounds) at his pro day but 310 in August. Do you get him when he's sloppy or in shape? When he's 310, he looked more like a three-technique. At his pro day, he was 272 and in the best shape of his life. Now the question is, what do you get (weight-wise)?" -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 1/4" Arm Length
  • 279LBS. Weight
  • 10 7/8" Hands

Overview

Started 13 games and selected first-team All-ACC in 2014. Did not play against N.C. State after suffering a concussion the previous game (vs. Clemson). Selected third-team All-ACC in 2013 and missed two games with a hand injury. Had a sack in the BCS National Championship Game against Auburn. Only true freshman to start on defense in 2012 after replacing injured Tank Carradine. Rated No. 1 prospect in nation out of high school and was selected USA Today Defensive Player of the Year. His father, Mario, Sr., was a heralded cornerback at FSU and won a national championship in 1999-2000. His father also played in the NFL for five years after being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys (sixth round) in 2000.

Analysis

Strengths

Scheme versatile. Can play base end or defensive tackle in a 4-3 (depending on weight) or as a 3-4 defensive end. Has thick bubble and legs. Comes off snap with decent power. Can brace and anchor at point of attack. Flashes upper-body strength to press and lock out tackles. Above-average closing burst as tackle. Strength to leverage and toss blockers when motivated.

Weaknesses

Ineffective as pass rusher. Played some stand-up defensive end in college and showed no explosiveness off snap. Play speed and fire go missing from pass rush. Hand usage is hit or miss and appears to lack power with hands. Inconsistent getting arm extension, limiting ability to control and dominate a snap. Too involved in hand fighting and plays through a straw, losing sight of ball carrier.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3-4

Sources Tell Us

"I think conditioning and desire are a big problem for him and they go hand in hand. He just looks content to stay blocked by lesser players, and it is so frustrating to watch because you know he has the talent to be so much better." -- AFC West scout

NFL Comparison

Jeoffrey Pagan

Bottom Line

He's a 3-4 defensive end or a 4-3 defensive tackle who has to make a living playing the run. Edwards failed to reach expectations while at Florida State and ended his career as a core defender rather than dominant force. His "level of ability" is higher than his current level of play and could continue to be the case unless he finds more passion and effort from snap to snap.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

Comments