Put Your Pants OnMay 10th, 2014
While on paper it seems the Bucs may have a steal in fifth-round-pick guard Kadeem Edwards, the native of Sanford won’t be blocking accountants or biologists in the NFL.
Edwards was named All-American at Division I-AA Tennessee State of the Ohio Valley Conference (same conference as Eastern Illinois and Jimmy Garoppolo). There, Edwards started four years.
“I am not afraid of anyone,” Edwards said about facing NFL talent from bigger schools. “They put their pants on just like I put my pants on. I am here to compete with the best.”
Still, even Edwards wondered how he would fare against the best his college peers had to offer. He learned at the Senior Bowl he could.
“The Senior Bowl helped me out a lot in the pro style tempo of practice and the competition level,” Edwards said. “[The game] slowed down for me. The Senior Bowl helped me out a lot.”
Per a player biography released by the Bucs, Edwards is adept as a cut and reach blocker and is quick off the snap often utilizing good leverage. Edwards has a physical attribute that NFL types like: a long reach.
Edwards and Garappolo were the only two players from the Ohio Valley Conference to play in the Senior Bowl. Edwards appears to be durable, making 41 starts out of 45 college games.
If given a preference, Edwards would love to run block.
“I love to run. I love to run,” Edwards said. “If you want to take a guy out of the game you do it on the first three plays of the game. You do that by being quicker.”
Edwards was an All-State player at Sanford-Seminole for a state champion.