NAME: David Edwards
POSITION: Offensive Tackle
CLASS: RS Junior
JERSEY: No. 79
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 319 lbs
D.O.B.: Not Available
Pass Sets – Pass sets appear awkward, doesn’t generate a lot of force in his drive catch and as a result can be tested with speed. More effective in short sets to jump out of his stance and square up but he’s prone to stopping his feet and being forced to pivot and chase quickly.
Length/Extension – Natural length is terrific, has been used as a last resort to ride out many rushers who successfully challenge his outside hip. Strength at full extension is terrific, not going to let space allow him to play soft or without ability to wash out a rusher.
Balance – Can be a tad late to break down and square up a blocker but overall his body control for his size is terrific. Very good working off of lateral contact and chipping defenders at the POA before climbing and looking to pick off scraping LBs.
Hand Technique – Hand clamp is powerful and generates a lot of torque when he’s looking to pull or yank defenders out of a gap. Hand placement can be wide (or wild) and his initial stab on the outside as a pass protector is too often late.
Power at POA – When he’s able to roll forward out of his stance, he can provide devastating amounts of pop and power. Violent thanks to explosive first step and force generated in short space, will be reliable to run behind, even on short yardage down and distances.
Football IQ – Understanding of how to navigate the POA is effective, as is his pursuit skills on the second level. Technical development is paramount and while admirable development in just 4 seasons he has notable holes in his pass blocking.
Functional Athleticism – Graceful big body, most notable in instances climbing the ladder to block on the second level or when working into the boundary as a lead blocker on outside concepts. Shows a lot of lateral range on outside run concepts from the back side.
Anchor Ability – Strong as a bull. Effective to bow his back and dig his feet into the ground, but lapses in hand strikes do open the door for him to get walked back by rushers who can convert speed to power and are willing to bump bellies with him.
Flexibility – Has shown plenty of mobility throughout his torso and waist but functional application is hit or miss, can struggle to get outside foot back in pass sets vs. speed and needs more bend and sink to keep his hips down and prevent folding to chase blocks.
Competitive Toughness – Love his play demeanor, is a bully and plays chippy when he’s let off the leash and able to play forward. His functional play strength is effective and provided he’s aligned with hips and pads he’s not going to be bested when locking horns with all but the most explosive DL.
BEST TRAIT – Functional Athleticism
WORST TRAIT – Pass Sets
BEST FILM – Nebraska (2018)
WORST FILM – Ohio State (2017)
RED FLAGS – None
David Edwards is a promising Right Tackle prospect for the NFL. His skills as a run blocker and functional athleticism provide the necessary foundation for him to be a starter in the NFL. But Edwards, still new to the offensive line (he entered Wisconsin as a TE), needs development in the pass game. Edwards’ pass set is filled with false steps, a poor drive catch and some poor hand timing to negate up-field rushes. Edwards will experience growing pains if forced into action early,