David Edwards

Wisconsin

Prospect Info

College
Wisconsin
Hometown
Class
IL
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 6"
308 lbs
33 3/8”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.42
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Los Angeles Rams
Rams
Round 5 ‧ Pick 31
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
5.28u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
25.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
99.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.69
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.77
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Edwards was a high school quarterback that operated the veer offense for three years at Downers Grove North, a western Chicago suburb. He grew into a spot on the Badgers' offensive line as a redshirt freshman in 2016, starting seven of 13 games at right tackle. Big Ten coaches voted Edwards a second-team all-conference performer while national media voted him to the Associated Press third-team All-American squad in 2017. Edwards started all 14 games as a sophomore, blocking for stud freshman running back Jonathan Taylor. Before the 2018 season began, however, Edwards hurt his shoulder. Instead of shutting it down for the year, he played through the injury for 10 starts at his right tackle spot before deciding to rest the shoulder so he could be at 100 percent for the pre-draft process. Edwards was a second-team All-Big Ten selection despite missing those contests. His father, David, played football at Indiana while his cousin (Garrett) and great uncle (Ron Leoni) played at Illinois.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 5
NFL Comparison
Roderick Johnson
Overview
Quarterback-turned-tight-end-turned-right-tackle who has maintained his light feet but is missing functional strength and body control to hold his ground against NFL power. Edwards isn't the technician we've come to expect from the Wisconsin program and he'll need additional technique work to help make up for some of his physical deficiencies. He's still a pup as an offensive lineman and he should improve with more experience and weight room work, but it's tough to project him behind average backup to low-end starter at this point.
Strengths
  • Former option quarterback and high school basketball player with good feet
  • Early quickness in pass sets
  • Gets long arms unfurled and extended into opposition
  • Mirror movement needs work, but is fairly natural and fluid
  • Has potential to stick and slide after engagement
  • Adequate hip roll into contact as base blocker
  • Initial quickness to cross-face on backside zone blocks
  • Experienced in multiple run-blocking schemes
  • Recognizes best angles up to second level
  • Agility to alter body positioning in space
Weaknesses
  • Initial slides are quick but might not gain enough ground
  • Outside hand gets erased opening path to his quarterback
  • Too many over-sets open inside counters
  • Punch-pull technique gets the best of him
  • Lacks sand to drop and anchor against bull rush
  • Play features inconsistent hand placement
  • Chronic waist-bender who falls off drive blocks
  • Upper and lower body work independently
  • Below-average leg drive to generate movement
  • Feet deaden and he fails to improve base-block positioning
  • Defaults to maul mode over technique in recovery
GRADE
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