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.The Rams select Wisconsin offensive lineman David Edwards with the 169th pick.


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New Rams OT David Edwards had the draft class' 8th-highest run-blocking grade among the top OT prospects. #NFLDraft


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Played hurt as a result of shoulder injury last season. Played better in Sophomore season. Right tackle prospect. Solid backup to Havenstein.

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OT David Edwards scouting report

After suffering through injuries in 2018, Edwards looks to return to form in the NFL
By Owen Riese@RieseDraft Apr 25, 2019, 7:50am CDT

North Carolina State’s Garrett Bradbury isn’t the only former tight end in this 2019 NFL Draft class to move to the offensive line. David Edwards, an immediate endorsement of Wisconsin’s coaching staff’s ability to develop offensive linemen, has a chance to be the best drafted out of this Badger crop in this cycle.

Edwards returned to Madison in 2018, shunning a potential NFL career to chase a Big Ten Championship. While that didn’t go as planned for Wisconsin, it also didn’t go as planned for Edwards, who was hampered by a reported shoulder injury which both negatively affected his play, but also his draft stock. Edwards’ athleticism gives him the highest upside of any Badger linemen in this draft.

Height: 6’6
Weight: 308 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.28 seconds
Vertical jump: 25.5”
Broad jump: 8’3
Short shuttle: 4.77 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.69 seconds
Bench press: 16 reps*

*All measurables except bench press taken from NFL.com’s Draft profile of Edwards as he participated in the NFL Combine earlier this year; bench press performed during Wisconsin’s pro day in March.

Strengths: Edwards is a long, athletic kid. Unpleasant disposition in the run game. Really light on his feet for an offensive linemen. Has big-time potential as a pass protector. Understands and hit his set points and landmarks. Has elite potential as a reach blocker on outside zone concepts. Hand placement in the run game is above average.

Weaknesses: Is still raw at the position, has only played offensive tackle for three seasons; still learning. Hands need work in pass pro. Can panic when threated with a speed rush. Also needs to continue to get stronger in an NFL weight room. Anchor has room for growth, will always struggle with pass rushers with good leverage. Needs to prove he is back from the shoulder injury in 2018.

Summary: Edwards draft stock took a hit after 2017, which proved to be an example of having more tape can give teams more film of your warts in your game. His injury also didn’t help, but Edwards should still be a second day pick in a league desperate for tackle help. He has the potential to be one of the best linemen in this class, and could be an above-average starter in the NFL.

Round projection: Round 2-Round 3

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I really like this pick. He seems like a guy with the size and the tools. He's already a good run blocker.
In a couple of years I bet this guy is a really good player.

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Kromer on Edwards finding a place in the team's depth chart

Coach Kromer talks offensive lineman David Edwards and his opportunity to learn and find a place in the Rams depth chart.

Kromer: "He'll play 4 spots, Both Tackles and Both Guards and we'll see where he fits in best"

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Rams/Snead got extreme value with this pick. If not for a shoulder injury last season this kid would of been viewed no lower than a second round talent. One of my favorite picks by Rams this draft and that is in a class I thought Snead nailed rounds two and three

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Instant analysis: David Edwards adds depth with high upside at tackle

By:Cameron DaSilva

Offensive line depth was a pretty significant concern for the Los Angeles Rams entering the 2019 NFL draft after losing Rodger Saffold and parting ways with John Sullivan. Whether it was at guard, tackle or center, the Rams were bound to inject some young talent into the roster at some point.

They did exactly that with Bobby Evans in Round 3, and in the fifth round, they also added offensive tackle David Edwards out of Wisconsin. Evans can play any position except for center on the offensive line, but that’s not the case with Edwards – at least not right now.

He’s only played tackle for three years after being a high school quarterback and playing some tight end. It’s possible the Rams see him as depth inside at guard too, but the likeliest scenario is him backing up Rob Havenstein at right tackle.

It’s no coincidence that he’s a similar prospect to Havenstein and hails from the same program.

Havenstein is also a Wisconsin product and was actually replaced by Edwards in 2016 after the Rams drafted him the year before. Edwards is a big tackle, standing at 6-foot-6, 308 pounds, with 33 3/8-inch arms.

That length is something teams covet in tackles, which makes it likely that they’ll keep him outside, but there are certainly areas in which he can improve. For starters, he needs to improve his strength against powerful pass rushers on the right side. He was one of the best run-blocking offensive tackles in the draft, but that same effectiveness didn’t translate in pass protection.

Fortunately, Edwards will have a year or two to sit behind Havenstein, develop as a blocker and hit the weight room to improve his strength in pass protection. This is one of the better situations he could’ve been put in, giving him the chance to learn from two of the best tackles in the league with Andrew Whitworth being the other.

Edwards doesn’t have any experience at left tackle, but the Rams love to cross-train their linemen, so Aaron Kromer might see him as a potential replacement for Whitworth down the line. At the very least, he’ll add some competition at that spot with Evans and Joseph Noteboom also looking like possible heirs to Whitworth’s throne.

The Rams could’ve addressed a more immediate need like inside linebacker or defensive end, but they opted for another offensive lineman, which shows how highly they think of Edwards as a prospect.

https://theramswire.usatoday.com/2019/0 ... kle-depth/

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Edwards will get a lot of work in preseason and training camp. He is big but very mobile and could develop into a pretty good offensive lineman.

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Rams expect David Edwards to play 4 positions on offensive line

By: Cameron DaSilva

When the pick was announced that the Los Angeles Rams were taking Wisconsin offensive tackle David Edwards, there was some uncertainty about where he’ll play on the offensive line. After all, the Rams have two of the best tackles in the league in Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein, and Edwards only played right tackle for the Badgers.

Being a former tight end and high school quarterback, Edwards is a good athlete with solid movement skills for a man his size. He’s going to get a shot to play at positions besides right tackle, which offensive line coach Aaron Kromer made very clear on Saturday afternoon.

“You always ask that and I always tell you the same thing,” Kromer joyfully told Myles Simmons, who asked where Edwards will play. “He’s going to play four spots. He’s going to play both tackles and both guards. It’s the fastest way to learn football and then we’ll find out where he fits best.”

This is the typical approach for the Rams with Kromer coaching the offensive linemen. He loves to “cross-train” them, as Sean McVay says, trying them at multiple positions before settling at one spot. Rodger Saffold played several spots before Kromer arrived in 2017 and locked him in at left guard.

Joseph Noteboom joined the Rams as a tackle, but he’s projected to be the team’s starting left guard in 2019. Austin Blythe made the switch from center to right guard and played at a high level last season.

Edwards told reporters that he played left tackle in spring ball, but otherwise, he only played right tackle. He’d be open to moving inside, though, if the Rams felt it was best for him and the team.

“Yeah, I think if I had the opportunity and the reps to play at guard and even at center, I would definitely welcome that,” he said. “Wherever they decide to play me and give me the opportunity is fine with me. I have no reservations on moving inside or playing at any other position.”

Edwards can compete with Noteboom at left guard, Blythe at right guard and if he doesn’t become a starter in 2019, the Rams will give him the chance to either back up those guys at guard or succeed Whitworth in 2020 at left tackle.

https://theramswire.usatoday.com/2019/0 ... rd-tackle/

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Looks like OL #8, behind Demby & Evans, ahead of Williams & Neary. Should settle in as the backup on the right side. Expect him to be on the 53, not active on gameday unless an injury occurs.
Not surprised the Rams added 2 tackles, only Williams was on the roster as depth, he was a UDFA. Rams are adding some interior lineman as UDFA, one could show something to take Neary's spot, he was not very good in limited action last year. Would not be surprised if the Rams add a vet to compete for the backup C spot.

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Let Kromer groom him...solid pick for that

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Just did some related reading.. and several guys had Edwards going in the first round!!!!
Fascinating, and will be really interesting to see if the Rams got a total steal!

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David Edwards pegged as Rams' biggest steal in 2019 NFL draft

The Los Angeles Rams came away with some great value in the 2019 NFL draft, adding players who will contribute as rookies and eventually become starters in 2020. They did so by moving up and down the board, striking six trades in Nashville.

Taylor Rapp, who they took with the 61st overall pick, looks like a steal, considering the Rams would have been “comfortable” taking him at No. 31. David Long seems like a great value at No. 79 overall, bolstering the secondary with a future starter at cornerback.

However, Draft Wire’s Luke Easterling doesn’t see either player as the team’s biggest steal. Instead, that honor goes to offensive tackle David Edwards, who they drafted with the 169th overall pick in the fifth round.

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How David Edwards went from high school QB to NFL lineman

Los Angeles Rams fifth-round pick David Edwards didn’t take the traditional route to the NFL as an offensive lineman. He didn’t play tackle or guard in high school, and when he got to Wisconsin as a freshman, he wasn’t a lineman then, either.

His path to the NFL was a unique one by most players’ standards, making two position changes from his senior year in high school to his freshman year in college.

In high school, he played quarterback.

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This kid needs a whole lot of work. To say his technique is raw is an understatement. The NFL is all about technique, technique, technique. But even for a college player his technique was barely adequate. He lacks functional strength to play at this level so the weight room will be a point of emphasis. He lacks ideal height for a OT but he's got a wonderful play radius due to his long arms. He's got good feet but he's undiscipline. I see not an NFL OT, I see a OG, probably a RG at some point in the future with the ability to backup at RT if needed. His feet will allow him to make those second level blocks as an OG in the run game.

He needs so much work I think he's destined for the PS for a year to redefine himself. His real chance to make this team will be next year. Evans will be their swing tackle this year with Noteboom playing LG. When Whitworth retires it will probably come down to Noteboom and Evans to compete for that start. If Noteboom becomes the LT then a roster spot will open at OG allowing Edwards and opportunity to get off the PS. With Havenstein, Noteboom and Evans the Rams are covered at OT for the foreseeable future. The need is at OG, now and next year.

I've always have been a advocate of converting OT's to OG as they normally have the length, play radius, and feet you want. The converse isn't normally true.

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