The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally addressed their need on the offensive line by taking Tennessee State guard Kadeem Edwards in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Bucs were in desperate need of help on the offensive line, in particularly at the guard position, and the selection of Edwards eases that burden.
Edwards will immediately come in and challenge Jamon Meredith for the starting position at right guard and he may prove to be an upgrade over the sometimes inconsistent Meredith.
One concern with Edwards may be his lack of experience against elite teams and in high pressure situations — he played football at the I-AA level.
According to CBSSports, his strengths include his ability to keep his hands inside and thus stays coordinated through contact. For a big guy, 6’4, 313lbs, he has very good athleticism and footwork.
On the flip side, Edwards need to improve his base strength, bend his knees more and can sometimes get sloppy with his technique.
It should also be noted he made 43 career starts over four years and earned All-OVC honors three straight years.
Overall, this is a pick the Bucs had to make as they desperately needed some depth on the offensive line. They could have addressed the guard position earlier in the draft but Jason Licht and Lovie Smith decided it wasn’t necessary that early.
Edwards has many things to improve on, but come training camp, he could be a serious threat to be a starter once the regular season opener kicks off.
Final Grade: B
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