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May 10, 2014 @ 12:49 pm
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Tampa Bay Selects G Edwards In 5th Round

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The Buccaneers finally addressed the offensive line with the fifth-round selection of Tennessee State guard Kadeem Edwards. The Sanford, Fla. native is happy to be back home and eager to prove he belongs in the NFL.
Tampa Bay chose to bolster their offensive line on Saturday by selecting Tennessee State offensive guard Kadeem Edwards with the 134th selection in the fifth round.

Edwards was a four-year starter for Tennessee State and offers great upside as a run-blocker. He graded at least 85 percent for blocking consistency in each of his 34 contests. Edwards also recorded 341 knockdowns and 39 touchdown-resulting blocks over the course of his four year collegiate career. The big offensive guard went to Seminole high school in Sanford, Florida.

The 6-foot-4, 313 pound lineman received an invitation to the exclusive Senior Bowl and held his own in the trenches throughout the week. He’s a big guard that offers a good combination of size and athleticism, but he’s a raw prospect that will need some development. The Tennessee State guard struggles to stay low and maintain good leverage. Edwards also struggles when he gets in space and has issues staying square, but his tools, including his frame and athleticism, were impressive enough for the Buccaneers to draft him with their fifth-round pick. 

Edwards was a consensus All-American and unanimous All-Ohio Valley Conference first teamer as a senior, leading the league with 126 knock-downs and producing 14 touchdown-resulting blocks. Edwards also finished his career as a member of the President's List and a member of the All-OVC Academic Team.

Edwards is hoping to fight for a starting job at the guard position with veteran offensive lineman Oneil Cousins, Jamon Meredith along with battling young prospects Patrick Omameh and Jason Foster for a roster spot. Tampa Bay also has Carl Nicks on the roster, although his future after two foot surgeries is still unknown.

Edwards is viewed as more of a developmental project player, and knows he has some work to do, but said he is up for the challenge.

“I need to work on my body that’s first and foremost, my strength and my pad level," Edwards said. "I think those are the key areas that can help me excel in my game, if I improve them."

Edwards also thinks that his showing at the Senior Bowl was enough to show he can play at the NFL level.

“I think the experience at the Senior Bowl helped me out a lot. Major league is not a problem; I’m not afraid of anyone. They put their pants on just like I put my pants on.”

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    Truth spoken by Bucmeister: Yankey is plug and play - i can not understand how "pro-scouts" could miss that and there are lots of others examples out there, showing time and time again - even if they are "pros" (those scouts and all the decision makers) it doesn´t mean anything. I realy hate to read "those guys know soooo much more than you" kind of stuff, because if you just invest a little time and know what to look for, you can easily say (for an fact): Its simply stupid to pass on a player like this (yankey) for that.. BS - thats also another hint, that the NFL pulls some triggers in order to get the results they want (money seeking owners). I for one, cannot imagine that Licht and company are too stupid to realize the big difference in those prospects talent-levels.. If there is any kind of injury question marks - okay - are there any concerns with yankey (yankey will be good starter in NFL - barring any freaky stuff - mark it down; and the bucs had ultimate value draft posi - yankey so late in draft - cool.. big stinky miss here..) still GoBucs!! made some good moves this offseason..
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    Edwards is mean. I love his non stop motor. He may take a yr to turn into a starter but he has all the non coach able tools needed to be an imposing figure on the line. And I still believe there gonna continue to add depth to the guard spot. Like licht said, Rome wasn't built in 1 day.
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    I'm always in a good mood Horse.
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    Horse, are you happy with Cousins and Meredith as the starting guards? We could have, and should have, addressed this earlier. Those two guards will impact on the running game as well as the passing attack. BPA makes some sense in the first round. However, if a QB is best player available in round one, round two, and round three do you take 3 QB's?
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    Bucmeister; I don't have anywhere close to their knowledge of the game, nor who to actually pick. I thought the press conferences were good. They explained it as pieces of the puzzle being put together. We may not see the same pieces of the puzzle that they might see, but the puzzle is being put together. I thought we did okay in the draft; I am still pondering the last pick though. I think we will back fill some positions with released veteran players. We are doing the same thing so maybe we will be able to still do some player trades.
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    Horse: I'm mostly in agreement w/ you on this. There are still opportunities to pick up another starting caliber guard and though RB was the last thing I'd have expected @ 3, IMO the big picture looks promising. Bucmeister: QB's Rd's 1-2-3 is not really a reasonable interpretation of BPA, unless you already have a dominant and deep team w/ only 1 glaring need, & then it's no longer BPA. Also, Meredith has been an reasonably effective guard in the past - OT, not so much.
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    I don't expect 5th round picks and on to be starters. I am okay with it. Rome was not built in a day. Some of our picks will need a year or two before they may be ready. Cheer up Scubog.
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    Wow!!! what a practice squad we will have. Yes one of the best of all time.
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    I agree Bucmeister, very surprised they passed on Yanky for a project. It sounds like Yanky is ready to start now.
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    Never seen him play so I can't say too much about him. He does have good long arms and height though. I don't mind project O-linemen, that's how we ended up with Penn and Dotson. I just wish he was faster and stronger. You can build strength but you can't build speed.
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    Edwards is a good project. Unfortunately we needed a starter and while our illustrious leadership was patiently waiting for the draft to come to them, it passed them by. With Yankey still on the board, an All-American at both LT and LG, we opted to go for a 2 year project. This followed a ridiculous pick at 3, we drafted a RB to back up a running back to back up a running back who backs up Martin. Makes perfect sense. ASJ is another questionable pick. Good player, with red flags at a position which did not need to be addressed in the second round, could have been addressed later. But both our 2d and 3rd round picks make it possible to cut players (Wright and Martin) from the previous leadership. Drafting Evans, while a good pick, will make it possible to cut Jackson next year as he makes to large a salary and is from the previous leadership. The tackle we drafted is a waste of 2 picks, this years and next years. It is pretty obvious that good teams work the draft (NE, SF, Seattle, St Louis) and stay good; while bad teams wait patiently wait for the draft to come to them and are still waiting. Looking at Lovie's history, this is why he never had a decent offensive line in 10 years in Chicago.
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    Rejoice Bucs fans who prefer need over BPA. You can now scratch OG off of your bucket list.
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