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02/17/15 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 55/7. *Mario Edwards, DE, Florida State, 6-3, 294, 4.88, 2...Since his first start in the 2012 ACC championship game when he replaced an injured Tank Carradine at right end, Edwards demonstrated an impressive combination of athleticism, strength and instincts that enabled him to be a force both as an edge-setter against the run, and a power rusher who can threaten the pocket inside or out against the pass. Per NFLDraftScout.com analysis, Edward "utilizes long arms and strong hands to keep blockers out of his frame, and does a good job of maintaining vision, awareness and patience when engaged with taller opponents," but adds that "Edwards will need to improve in his snap count anticipation. ... and he's frequently the last lineman off the ball." Edwards, who had 23 tackles and three sacks last season, is a Jr., in the sense that his father of the same name was a cornerback at FSU and in the NFL. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/16/15 - 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, VERIFIED MEASUREMENTS: DE Mario Edwards, Florida State...Edwards was already a big player when he arrived at Florida State around 270 pounds, but he seemed to be carrying some bad weight on his frame as a junior last season. After lining up as a defensive end for the Seminoles, he might eat his way into a new position at defensive tackle if his weight continues to increase north of 300 pounds. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/09/15 - Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher offered congratulations to defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr. and cornerback Ronald Darby on their decisions to enter the NFL draft on Friday. The juniors will forgo their final year of eligibility after having led the Seminoles to a remarkable 39-3 mark, three ACC Championships and the 2013 national championship during their three-year careers. Edwards, Jr. developed into an All-ACC First Team player and nabbed Second Team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated in 2014 when he led FSU with 11 tackles for loss and tallied 44 tackles and three sacks. Edwards, Jr. had several dominant performances over the last year, including 3.0-TFL game against Auburn in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game and a 4.0-TFL contest versus Virginia in 2014.
The Gautier, Miss., native played in 36 games with 26 starts in his career and had 89 tackles, 23 TFLS and eight sacks. He will continue to follow in his father’s footsteps from FSU into the NFL. Mario Edwards, Sr. was a defensive back for the Seminoles from 1995-1999 and was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. “Mario was a tremendous player and person here at FSU and I want to thank him for three great years here,” Fisher said. “Mario improved each year since he arrived on campus and I’m excited to see him continue that growth in the NFL. I’m excited for him and his family and I think he will have a great professional career.” - Florida State football
01/06/15 - Florida State DE Mario Edwards Jr. plans to enter draft...Florida State has reportedly said good-bye to its second draft-eligible junior of the day, with ESPN reporting that defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. plans to forgo his senior season in Tallahassee and enter next year's draft. A two-year starter, Edwards was named first-team All-ACC after finishing the 2014 season with 11 tackles-forloss, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and 44 total tackles. He was named third-team All-ACC following his sophomore season in 2013. Per Noles247.com, Edwards has not yet confirmed the report.
Edwards is ranked the No. 11 defensive end in the 2015 NFL draft class according to NFLDraftScout.com, and could go in the second-to-third-round range. The Edwards report follows on the heels of cornerback P.J. Williams' tweet that he would also enter the draft. Four more Seminoles are still widely considered potential early draft entrants: cornerback Ronald Darby, placekicker Roberto Aguayo, defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and -- of course -- quarterback Jameis Winston. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
11/17/14 - NOV 10 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State, Jr., DE, 6-3, 294, Gautier, Miss.,...Edwards powered the Seminoles’ victory over Virginia with a career-best and team-high nine tackles, including four tackles for loss in addition to a forced fumble and a sack. Seven of his tackles were solo stops. On Virginia’s first offensive play, Edwards tackled Cavaliers’ running back Kevin Parks for a three-yard loss and forced a fumble. On Virginia’s third play, Edwards again stopped Parks for a three-yard loss. Later in the second quarter, Edwards had a sack for a four-yard loss and finished with six tackles and three tackles for loss by halftime. His 4.0 tackles for loss are the most by a Seminole in a single game this season. Edwards’ efforts up front helped the Seminoles hold the Cavaliers to just 37 yards rushing - a season-low for an FSU opponent. - ACC football