NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock has finally come in from the coast-to-coast pro-day circuit, and after talking with various coaches, scouts, and general managers, he's gotten a better sense of who is rising and falling in the 2015 NFL Draft.
"Second is Mario Edwards out of Florida State. 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?"
Mayock's remark that some teams are viewing Edwards as a defensive end, probably in 3-4 schemes, is interesting, given that fellow analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Edwards' playing weight and position are what made him such a difficult prospect to evaluate. Edwards has been mentioned as high as a first-round selection but will probably go early on Day 2.
"The tape is inconsistent, but as coaches get involved, they want to work with this piece of clay," Mayock said. "He's got everything you want in a Pro Bowl edge rusher except consistency."
Don't forget Mayock's fifth-fastest riser in the draft, either -- Arizona State's Damarious Randall was just bumped to Mayock's No. 3 safety in the draft, and Mayock believes he is the best man-coverage player at the position.