NAME: Mike Edwards
JERSEY: No. 7
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 200 lbs
PROS: Smart, aggressive and physical. Not big, but consistently challenges ball carriers 1v1 and gets runners on the ground. Not out of position often, understands assignments and seems to communicate well on the field. Kentucky moved him all over. Patient in man coverage in the slot. Doesn’t open his hips too early, reads route breaks and breaks with them. Assignment sound in run defense, zone coverage, etc. Knows his run fills and executes them. Flashes of high-point ability in zone coverage.
CONS: He’s probably a 3.5 out of 5 in the athlete department and a 3 out of 5 in size. Those numbers are representative of his overall game, as he lacks any special traits to hang his hat on. Ball skills are lacking. Bad habit of playing the man and not getting his head around in man coverage. Can get knocked back and dragged for a few yards as a tackler. Some hip tightness in man coverage against quicker slots could get exposed. If he gets locked up by a blocker, he’s going for a ride. There will be limitations to how effective he can be around the box.