With their second pick in the third round, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Mike Edwards, another defensive back. Edwards grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he went to high school. He is a very athletic prospect who, in addition to football, played guard on the basketball team and shortstop on the baseball team. “The badger,” his nickname, had an outstanding senior season in high school. The promising safety had 7 interceptions, two fumble recoveries and 46 tackles. Furthermore, he returned punts highly successfully, averaging 13.7 yards per return and taking three back to the house.
After high school, Edwards was highly recruited and could have chosen great universities such as Louisville, Missouri, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Nebraska or Vanderbilt. However, he decided to sign with Kentucky because it “felt more like home than any other school.”
Impressively, in four years at Kentucky, Edwards did not miss a single game. Out of 51 contests, he started in 44 and totaled 318 tackles and 10 interceptions. He chose to wear number 7 because of the players John Elway and Tyrann Mathieu. His life’s theme song, by his own account, is Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”
Mike Edwards is a tough and consistent player with great ball skills who provides above average run support. All in all, he is a highly instinctive defensive back who could find himself starting alongside Justin Evans sooner rather than later.