Bucs 5th Round Pick: G Kadeem Edwards
Kadeem Edwards – Guard – Tennessee State
6’4″ 313 pounds – Senior
Started 41-of-45 games he appeared in with the Tigers, primarily at left guard. Graded at least 85% blocking consistency in his career through his final 34 games. Recorded a total of 341 knockdowns and 39 touchdown-resulting blocks. All-American first-team choice by the NFL Draft Report. All-Ohio Valley Conference first-team and Academic All-OVC selection. In 2013, Edwards helped lead Tennessee State to their first postseason action since 1999.
Edwards has great size with surprisingly good balance. His 35.5″ inch arms gives him a big wingspan along with big arm size. Thrives in the run game, generating movement and gets to the second level with ease. Needs some coaching on pad level blocking and technique in pass protection, can also improve his strength and shed some weight.
BOTTOMLINE FOR THE BUCS:
Perhaps the biggest need left on the Bucs roster was on the interior offensive line, and they address it here with Kadeem Edwards. He has a thick build out of the Football Championship Subdivision. His strength is in the run game and can bury defenders. Will need some work to prepare his body for the NFL level, but has potential to grow and potentially start down the road.