Kadeem Edwards NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Buccaneers OG

Alex Dunlap@AlexDunlapNFLContributor IApril 9, 2014

North Squad offensive guard Cyril Richardson of Baylor (68), left, holds a blocking dummy as offensive guard Kadeem Edwards of Tennessee State (79) blocks him during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014,  in Mobile, Ala.  (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)

Kadeem Edwards, OG, Tennessee State, (HT: 6'4.25", WT: 313 lbs)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fifth Round: 143rd pick

Combine Weigh-In
6'4.25"31335 1/2"9 1/2"
Combine Workout
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  • Attacks defenders with confidence and a sense of purpose on tape; not a player who absorbs contact in close spaces.
  • Great, explosive initial punch and aggressive follow-through. 
  • Good feet; keeps them pumping and resets smoothly while mirroring and sliding for pass protection.
  • Big and tall prospect, has great length through his arms. 
  • Player who evaluators will love to watch compete; seems to take pride in knocking down/demoralizing opponents. 
  • Per RosterWatch (free sign-in required), looked like a long, lean and athletic prospect at the Senior Bowl weigh-in, although a lack of definition was noted. 
  • Good upper-body strength. 
  • Loose enough through the hips to seem limber and flexible in movements. 
  • Generates a great deal of momentum on double-teams and down blocks with the center that sometimes look like a hole being punched in the defense. 
  • Seems to have a frame that if filled out properly would be absolutely ideal for an athletic NFL guard. 



  • Plays with his pad level far too high and appears top-heavy. 
  • Lacks elite agility and looks stranded at times trying to operate at the second level. 
  • Can allow low-anchoring three-techniques and disruptive interior-line presences beat him with their centers of gravity; struggles to get these types of players off their spots. 
  • Lateral agility is questionable; wastes motion pulling out of stance on pulls and stretch plays which call for lateral power steps. 
  • Struggles engaging in open spaces and does not position himself well to block while on the move even given his great length. 
  • Has small hands. 
  • Depends too much on upper-body strength and will lose battles when stronger defenders use good hand moves. 
  • Power of leg drive and general strength seems greatly decreased when forced to take lateral angles and engage in space. 
  • Does not appear to be a fit for an NFL zone-blocking scheme. 
  • Failed to register many positive blips on the radar for evaluators at the Senior Bowl, sometimes even looking outmatched.
  • Pitt DT Aaron Donald had his way with Edwards in Mobile, Al. on multiple occasions through the week of practice.


Personal Notes

  • Parents are Rosemary Hampton and Joseph Samuel. Born on Jan. 24, 1991.
  • Major: Human Performance and Sports Science.
  • Hometown: Sanford, Fl.  


Ratings Chart

Grades by Alex Dunlap



Kadeem Edwards is a prospect who despite flaws in his game has explosive traits. Edwards will likely be drafted based on his frame and potential to fill out. When coupled with the generally mean attitude he plays with and his development with NFL coaching, Edwards projects to have eventual starter potential in the NFL. 

Eventual. That means not now, and Edwards will have to learn how to be efficient managing his power laterally and using his length effectively to take the next step in his game. 


Draft Projection: 6th Round