When the pick was announced that the Los Angeles Rams were taking Wisconsin offensive tackle David Edwards, there was some uncertainty about where he’ll play on the offensive line. After all, the Rams have two of the best tackles in the league in Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein, and Edwards only played right tackle for the Badgers.
Being a former tight end and high school quarterback, Edwards is a good athlete with solid movement skills for a man his size. He’s going to get a shot to play at positions besides right tackle, which offensive line coach Aaron Kromer made very clear on Saturday afternoon.
“You always ask that and I always tell you the same thing,” Kromer joyfully told Myles Simmons, who asked where Edwards will play. “He’s going to play four spots. He’s going to play both tackles and both guards. It’s the fastest way to learn football and then we’ll find out where he fits best.”
This is the typical approach for the Rams with Kromer coaching the offensive linemen. He loves to “cross-train” them, as Sean McVay says, trying them at multiple positions before settling at one spot. Rodger Saffold played several spots before Kromer arrived in 2017 and locked him in at left guard.
North Carolina State’s Garrett Bradbury isn’t the only former tight end in this 2019 NFL Draft class to move to the offensive line. David Edwards, an immediate endorsement of Wisconsin’s coaching staff’s ability to develop offensive linemen, has a chance to be the best drafted out of this Badger crop in this cycle.
Edwards returned to Madison in 2018, shunning a potential NFL career to chase a Big Ten Championship. While that didn’t go as planned for Wisconsin, it also didn’t go as planned for Edwards, who was hampered by a reported shoulder injury which both negatively affected his play, but also his draft stock. Edwards’ athleticism gives him the highest upside of any Badger linemen in this draft.
Offensive line depth was a pretty significant concern for the Los Angeles Rams entering the 2019 NFL draft after losing Rodger Saffold and parting ways with John Sullivan. Whether it was at guard, tackle or center, the Rams were bound to inject some young talent into the roster at some point.
They did exactly that with Bobby Evans in Round 3, and in the fifth round, they also added offensive tackle David Edwards out of Wisconsin. Evans can play any position except for center on the offensive line, but that’s not the case with Edwards – at least not right now.
He’s only played tackle for three years after being a high school quarterback and playing some tight end. It’s possible the Rams see him as depth inside at guard too, but the likeliest scenario is him backing up Rob Havenstein at right tackle.The NFL Draft has come and gone, and several former Badgers are now employed to play at the next level.
Expectations were high coming into the weekend with six of Head Coach Paul Chryst’s former players projected to be drafted.
While four of these players — offensive lineman Michael Deiter, linebacker Ryan Connelly, LB Andrew Van Ginkel and OL David Edwards — did have their names called during the draft, the overall trend saw former Badgers fall far below where they were projected to be taken.Here are the full results from Wisconsin’s weekend at the draft and how the players will fit with their new teams.Cam DaSilva notes some specific reasons such as Head Coach Sean McVay getting his hands on RB Darrell Henderson, Greg Gaines’ ability as a run defender, and the stacked secondary as reasons to be excited about the draft the Rams just had
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