The NFL Season has come and gone as has the Combine and it is officially NFL Draft season. Over the next two or so months, we will attempt to provide and publish about 100 unique scouting reports on potential NFL Draft picks. The aim of these scouting reports is to provide a detailed breakdown of each player based off of extensive film study. You can check out our Scouting Reports Page to see all of the reports we have published. This scouting report will focus on Florida State’s young defensive linemen, Mario Edwards, who possesses great physical traits but will need to dedicate himself to developing his technique and consistency in order to become a quality NFL player.
Name: Mario Edwards
Position: 4-3 Defensive Tackle, 3-4 Defensive End
Weight: 294 Pounds
College: Florida State University
2015 Stats: 44 Tackles, 11 Tackles for Loss, 3 Sacks, 5 Pass Breakups, 2 QB Hurries, 2 Forced Fumbles
Pros: Edwards has very long arms and strong, violent hands which allows him to shed blockers very easily. He also uses these long arms to time passes and deflect a ton of balls. He has good vision and awareness and rarely takes himself out of position. He has good acceleration and power in his lower body. Hes very flexible and is versatile and can play multiple positions across the defensive line. He can change direction and is very balanced.
Cons: Edwards has an explosive first step but he can never use it because he does an awful job of timing the snap count. He is usually the last or second to last linemen off the ball and also tends to stand up to high which makes him relatively useless on those plays. Doesn’t have a true set of pass rushing moves.
Our Take: Edwards has tremendous physical gifts and is very young. He has great power and athleticism but is so raw and lacks consistency in his technique. As he learns the game and learns to time the snap count, he will become a much better player but it is highly unlikely he can contribute in year one. However, I still believe he is worth taking a gamble late in the first round or early in the second round, as his physical gifts are unteachable and he appears to be a very hard working and focused young man.
Final Grade: 90 Out of 100
I am giving Edwards a borderline first round grade due to his upside and potential. While he is not a freaky athlete, he is a very good athlete with an NFL body. If he can refine his technique and really focuses on taking the coaching that will be provided to him, he should become a big time steal down the line.
Possible Draft Spots: Edwards is an intriguing prospect who can fit into a 3-4 or 4-3 system so there are plenty of teams picking between 25 and 45 who could have him on their radars. Starting with the Cowboys at 27, the following teams will likely consider Edwards when they come on the clock in April: the Broncos at 28, Colts at 29, Packers at 30, Seahawks at 31, Patriots at 32, Titans at 33, Raiders at 35, Jaguars at 36, Redskins at 38, Bears at 39, Giants at 40, Falcons at 42, Browns at 43, and Saints at 44. My prediction as of now is that he lasts no later than the Redskins at 38.