Ray Edwards Analysis

See what TFY Draft Preview had to say about the Vikings fourth-round draft pick Ray Edwards.

Full Name: Raymond Edwards School: Purdue Pos: DE

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 273 40: 4.83 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore producing 45/11/8. Yanked from the starting lineup last year, finishing with 28/11/5.5.

Pos: Playmaking defensive end coming off a poor campaign. Flashes quickness off the snap, plays with good pad level and makes plays laterally. Fast off the edge, has a closing burst and redirects to ball handlers. Tough to handle once he gets a step on opponents.

Neg: Not instinctive and slow locating the ball. Must improve his overall playing strength to break control by opposing tight ends.

Analysis: Edwards took a major step backward last season after looking like a star in ‘04. Lost his starting job and made a mistake entering the draft, but a prospect with good upside if he focuses on the task at hand.

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