Lavar Edwards to Titans: How Does Defensive End Fit with Tennessee?

Zach Law@zach_lawContributor IApril 27, 2013

Close to the football is where you want your defensive end.
Close to the football is where you want your defensive end.Stacy Revere/Getty Images

To back up Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan, the Titans drafted a player who was a backup in college. Lavar Edwards played behind fellow 2013 NFL draft picks Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, so he's no slouch. 

The defensive line in football needs to be rotated like a hockey line. In 2012, Morgan and Wimbley played too many snaps, and that's not good with Wimbley being an undersized end who was used to being an outside linebacker. 

In his scouting report for Bleacher Report, Joshua Cornwall said the following about the former Bayou Bengal:

Edwards is a tall and muscular end that was a major part of the Tigers defense the last few seasons, despite not having much buzz around him.

Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery get most of the press, but watching highlights of the LSU defense shows Edwards' NFL-caliber play.

Aside from his physique, Edwards has a non-stop motor when pursuing the quarterback or ball-carrier in the backfield. He finished with 10.5 sacks in limited snaps during four years in central Louisiana. He also racked up 20 tackles-for-loss during that same time frame, according to sports-reference.com.

20 tackles for loss sounds like a stat that would be used for a full-time player, so Edwards' ability to make big plays in limited snaps is excellent.

Lavar Edwards fits into a defensive line rotation that got a little thin as the 2012 season progressed. He can play either side of the line and be a rush defensive tackle on passing downs. 

Free agency was about helping out the defensive tackles, and this pick does the same thing for defensive end. The Titans are a deeper team as a result of this pick.