OGKadeem Edwards

Tennessee St. — FCS
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Weight: 315
  • Hometown: Sanford, Fla.
  • Age: 23

Background

Kadeem will be a 23-year old NFL rookie in 2014. Selected 3rd team 6A All-State at Seminole High School, Sanford, FL, he helped lead the Fighting ‘Noles to the 2008 state championship. He sat out the 2009 season at TSU before starting nine of 10 games as a redshirt freshman in 2010.

In 2011, he started 10 games and earned 2nd team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors as a left guard. As a junior in 2012, he started 11 times and was recognized on the 1st team All-OVC team. Kadeem has opened all six games at LG in 2013 and will graduate in December with a Human Performance and Sports Science degree.

Pre-Draft Participation

N/A

Summary

Kadeem is a four-year starter for Tennessee State as a left guard. He has a sizable frame with long arms and smooth muscles. He has some extra weight in his mid-section and has slightly knocked knees and 10-2 feet. As a “small” school prospect, if he is willing to work, his body type has the potential to improve significantly due to the diet, weight room and year-round training available at the NFL level.

He aligns in both 2- and 3-point stances in the Tigers’ traditional style offense. This prospect has athletic balance, feet and hands, but almost everything else is a work in progress. He is a line-of-scrimmage run blocker meaning that he gets very little movement at the point-of-attack. He is better on the backside of runs where he can use his lateral quickness to scoop and cutoff defensive linemen rather than coming off the football on a front-side run behind him. He will engage his assignment and swing his hips to gain position on the defender. In other words, he has more size and length than actual pop and explosion when it comes to the run game.

In pass pro, Kadeem has the feet and hand coordination to mirror and improve in a big way in the future. He has an awareness to him with vision on the 2nd level and did a nice job of handing off a twist stunt vs. Bethune-Cookman. Again, his lateral slide agility to mirror oncoming pass rushers will not be the issue, his girth and ability to anchor the base of the pocket will be the bigger question. As a puller, he is capable of getting across the formation and contacting his target.

Overall, this is a prospect that has his hands and feet tied together, but will need time to re-shape his body and gain more functional strength before getting on an NFL field. It will be extremely important for his drafting team’s scouting and coaching staffs to have the same vision and timeline for him as a developmental project in their organization. Kadeem came out of high school at 340lbs and he is currently in the 315lb range, so with that being said, he should have the work habits to be a strong consideration in the later rounds.

 

WHAT THE NFL SCOUTS WANT TO SEE IN 2013: For Kadeem to get his “hat” lower on running plays and show more power and toughness at the point-of-attack. Off the field, he needs to convince teams that he has a strong desire to dedicate himself to tightening up his body and will be worth the investment of coaching time and energy to become an NFL starter in the future. 

-- Phil Savage, Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director