DE Edwards could make an impact on defense

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With their second round draft selection (35th overall), the Detroit Lions selected South Carolina defensive end Kalimba Edwards.

Edwards is a terrific athlete with a well-defined frame, he is regarded as one of the premier pass rushers in the country, constantly applying pressure on opposing quarterbacks. He has the versatility to smoothly drop off in pass coverage or relentlessly pursue the quarterback on the pass rush. High-intensity player who performs as if he's on a "search and destroy" mission. Totaled 238 tackles (152 solos) with 16½ quarterback sacks for minus 102 yards and 35 stops for losses of 177 yards, playing in 44 games during his career.

He will likely battle Jared DeVries and possibly James Hall to start opposite Robert Porcher at RDE.

Justin VanFulpen's overview of Lions second round pick:

Kalimba Edwards, South Carolina, Senior 6-5 265 4.65 Edwards is a big time hitter who is always around the ball. He is not just a pass rusher he can play ever down and does a decent job against the run. He also is athletic enough to play outside linebacker. He has good size and speed but he could add some weight to his frame. He has quick feet, with an explosive first step, and shows excellent body control and balance. He has great acceleration and closing speed, and is smooth in his movements. He shows excellent movement skills up-field and the tools to develop into an outstanding pass rusher. He will most likely be a right defense end in the NFL and use his speed to rush the passer. He is an underrated prospects, that has a very athletic frame with growth potential. He shows the ability to turn his hips and change directions in coverage. He has an impressive wingspan, long arms and is disruptive against the pass whether rushing the passer or in coverage. He also plays a lot of linebacker and matches up well athletically. He needs to add strength to be an every-down player, because sometime he has trouble holding up at the point of attack. He has raw instincts and awareness.

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