Ray Edwards Q&A: Insider Edition

Doug Farrar of Seahawks.net continues his exclusive interview with Purdue defensive end Ray Edwards.

Q: Tell us your greatest attribute and your biggest weakness as a player, and how you are combating that weakness.

A: I think my biggest attribute is definitely getting to the quarterback – and stopping the run. My weakness? I think I need to play a little more consistently sometimes. I may have a problem with not getting to the ball as much as I should. I'm definitely working on getting to the ball a lot more.

Q: Do you think that's more a mental or physical approach?

A: I think it's mostly a mental approach, because I'm in great condition. It's the kind of thing where I say, "Okay, I make plays, but I know I need to be by the ball in case (the ballcarrier) slips a tackle.

Q: You have been quoted as saying you got some great feedback from scouts and personnel people at the Combine. Could you elaborate on that?

A: I talked to a lot of teams who liked what I had to offer. Cleveland liked me a lot…Cincinnati. Talked with those teams, and they said they liked my work ethic. Some people said that after the year I had, I wasn't at the top like I should have been. But everyone looked at me (there) and said, "Okay – the guy came here and showed what he could do athletically." I had individual workouts, going through the Combine drills and teams liked my athletic ability and the things I could do.

Q: So, you feel you raised your stock?

A: Yes, definitely.

Q: Did you do everything at your Pro Day on March 10th that you did at the Combine, and what did you hear from the teams in attendance there?

A: No – the only thing I did at the Pro Day was that I did my (short shuttle) over – I didn't do everything over that I did at the Combine. (Editor's note: Edwards ran the short shuttle in 4.78 at his Pro Day). A lot of teams just talking to me one-on-one – they mentioned from watching my films that one thing I could improve on is getting a little closer to the tackle when I make my move, because I was giving the tackle time to recover. They focus on things like that. Basically, everyone thought I was a great athlete.

Q: What was your favorite team growing up, and where would you play if you had the choice?

A: I never really had a favorite team growing up – I just watched everybody and rooted for who I thought were the best players out there – the ones making plays, who I wanted to be like. As far as choosing where I'd want to go? It doesn't really matter where I go, as long as I get a fair chance to come in and play as a rookie.

Q: Who were your favorite players when you were growing up?

A: Reggie White, Michael Irvin, Jerry Rice and Lawrence Taylor. I got to watch a couple of (Taylor's) playback (taped) games, and I definitely liked the way he would always get to the ball and make things happen.

Q: Have you spoken to any representatives from the Seahawks? Have you sensed any interest from them?

A: I haven't talked to them myself, but my agent has talked to them.

Q: You had a private workout with New England on April 4th. Who did you meet with there?

A: Coach Pees (defensive coordinator Dean Pees) for one. He worked me out as an outside linebacker, something that I definitely want to play. I had a great workout with those guys, had a meeting and sat down with them. It went well.

Q: So, teams are talking to you about switching to a linebacker spot in a 3-4 defense?

A: Yes.

Q: And you don't have a preference?

A: Not really. I would love to play outside linebacker, because that's where I think I could be more versatile.and productive. But I could still put my hand down (on the line).

Q: What else did New England ask you to do?

A: They (also) wanted to see if I had the ability to drop back into coverage.

Q: What other visits do you have lined up?

A: I go to Houston this week. I'm supposed to come out to Seattle but they haven't set up the time yet. I think Dallas as well. That's all I know so far.

Q: Seattle led the NFL in sacks last year but had nobody in double digits – it was a round-robin thing, a lot of rotation. I think it would be a really interesting fit for you. You're back in Cincinnati now, working out?

A: Yes.

Q: What facility?

A: I go to Gold's Gym, and I go to my old high school…working with my old high school coach (Ed Jackson).

Q: Any specific things or drills you've been asked by teams to work on before the draft?

A: Nobody told me specifically what to work on, but I've been working on being a little closer to the line when going after the quarterback, and working on my linebacker stuff. I don't know where I'm going to go, so I have to be more versatile in the things I do.

Q: Where will you be on draft day?

A: I'll be at my grandmother's house watching it.

Q: Will you have a lot of people over?

A: No – just family and close friends, my old coaches.

Q: Do you know if anyone's coming over with the cameras?

A: Nobody's contacted me yet, so I don't think so (laughs).

Q: One final question – what does Ray Edwards do in his free time? Any foundations or charities? What do you like to do when you're not thinking about football?

A: I haven't done a foundation yet. I spend a lot of time with my niece and nephew. My nephew wants to play basketball, so I take him to the court a lot and shoot around, because I used to play a lot myself. My niece, we just hang out and talk – we'll play games and things like that. That's about it.

Doug Farrar is the Editor-in-Chief of Seahawks.net, our Seattle affiliate on the Scout.com network.

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