In the 2019 NFL Draft, the Bucs drafted well-known names like Devin White and Sean Murphy-Bunting, but perhaps the most valued pick was safety Mike Edwards in the third round.
Edwards was born on May 18th, 1996 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He went to Winton Woods High where he did well enough to get an offer from the University of Kentucky. He spent all 4 years at Kentucky and racked up 317 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a whopping ten interceptions.
As said before, Edwards was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 99th pick in the 2019 NFL draft. His draft report boasted about his run defense, ball skills, and his ability to line up in the slot for big nickel formations. This goes perfectly with new Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’s schemes. Todd blitzes his safeties regularly along with trusting them in slot man coverage which fits Edwards perfectly.
Edwards does have flaws that make him a third-round selection, however. For example, he has average range, jumps routes that he isn’t supposed to jump and is one of the smaller safeties in his draft class. Scouts expect his size to cause him to have a low ceiling but it’s been proven time and time again that size doesn’t matter in the NFL. One good example is Tyrann Mathieu of the Kansas City Chiefs. Mathieu weighs in at 5-9 186 pounds yet Todd Bowles sparked his career in Arizona and has a similar style of play to Edwards.
Overall, I feel like Todd Bowles and Bruce Arians will do their magic and turn Edwards into a solid starter. One thing is for sure, size won’t create a low ceiling for Edwards anytime soon.