Former Kentucky Wildcats safety Mike Edwards and Tight End CJ Conrad held a workout on Monday morning to showcase their talents to NFL scouts. Since both players had to sit out the NFL combine due to injuries, this was their first time for scouts to see the players participate in drills.
Missing time for an injury was completely new ground for Mike Edwards. He never missed a game in his entire 4 year career with the wildcats, including starting his last 44 games with the team.
“I did pretty good,” said Edwards of his performance. “I could’ve done better. I tweaked my hamstring a little bit running that last 40. Nothing major. I wanted to do the shuttle because I feel like it was one of my best drills. But I think I showed enough. People question my speed, I showed them my speed. I showed I could jump a little bit. And definitely my position drills.”
Edwards measured in at 5-foot-10 and 203 pounds at today’s workout. He ran a 4.5 on both of his 40 attempts with a 37 inch vertical. Since he tweaked his hamstring, he did not participate in the 3 cone drill or shuttle drill. However, Edwards did participate in his position drills.
Out of the 32 NFL teams, 12 were represented at the workout, those being the Browns, Jaguars, Lions, Broncos, Seahawks, Raiders, Chargers, Jets, Bengals, 49ers, Redskins, and Titans.
Currently, Edwards is projected as 2nd or 3rd day draft pick. He most likely won’t be one of the top 5 safeties off the board. Given his production at UK though, he’s talented enough to be a starter at the next level. It’s all dependent on a team’s ability and willingness to develop Edwards.
The NFL Draft takes place on April 25-27 in Nashville, Tennessee. Edwards should be one of the many Wildcats to hear their name called this year.