Today, we continue our in-depth look at our 2013 class of undrafted free agents. Each day, we have been profiling one, taking a look at their pros and cons, and their chances of making the team. Today, we are going to continue by remaining on the defensive side of the football. The Jets added to the defensive backfield by signing a young man from Hawaii, who we are going to profile today.
We look at Mike Edwards, DB from the University of Hawaii.
Edwards stands at 5’9″, and weighs in at 189 pounds. Mike was invited to the NFL Combine, where he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.56 sections, showing excellent straight line speed.
Here are his college stats:
Here is a look at Edwards from a game this past season against BYU. Take a look:
PROS: Mike Edwards has good man-to-man cover skills. He is stride for stride with his man, and times his hands well, getting them in at the last second, knocking the ball away. The backpedal is very smooth, his movement is quite fluid. I love his versatility, as he seems to be adept at coming up to stop the run. He also returns kicks, and that gives him the ability to give Joe McKnight a rest from time to time.
CONS: There is a question, to me, about the motor. There is one play in particular that Edwards seems to slow down in pursuit of a ball carrier that has gotten by. Whether he is going to catch the guy or not, I want my player to run it out to the very end. The fact that he could do that, even on one play in this short video, means he could do it again.
This young man clearly has coverage skills. If he plays with a full on motor, Mike Edwards will compete for a spot on this team. He has special teams skills, which as we all know, is a big plus for a young player.
We wish Mike the best of luck.