Mike Edwards is showing that the Buccaneers made the right decision when they chose not to draft a safety with their first pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
A lot of Buccaneers fans were worried on draft night when the team decided to pass on drafting a safety like Lewis Cine out of Georgia.
Many draft sites and media members had the Bucs and Cine as a perfect fit. Cine even confirmed after the draft that he felt slighted by what the Buccaneers told him versus what actually happened in the process when he did not become a Buccaneer.
Regardless, it was always a silly notion for the Bucs to go after a safety when they already had Mike Edwards on the roster.
Edwards has proven himself to be one of the best draft picks by the Buccaneers in a while from a value to production standpoint.
Despite being a backup and spot starter for most of his time in Tampa, Edwards was able to produce at an unreal level in huge moments. The Buccaneer defense was able to improve wildly with a ballhawk like Edwards on the field, and anyone who watched the team knew that Edwards getting more reps was a good thing for the Bucs. There was never a need to draft a replacement for Jordan Whitehead.
Edwards has since played every defensive rep for the Bucs. During this time he has accounted for 21 tackles, two passes defended, a tackle for loss, and a quarter of the team’s total touchdowns on an interceptions (yes, the offense is not scoring nearly enough).
Edwards is showing on a weekly basis that the Buccaneers had no business looking for a replacement. He has earned the starting role, and it doesn’t look like that is going to change anytime soon.
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