The Detroit Lions have now hosted three players for pre-draft visits this week. They brought in McNeese State offensive lineman Antoine Everett on Monday, and Washington State defensive tackle Xavier Cooper stopped by on Tuesday. Then, on Wednesday, Florida State defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. visited.
Edwards Jr. is an intriguing prospect because he is so versatile. Just look at the first line of his 2014 Florida State bio:
Versatile second-year starter led the Seminoles with 11 tackles for loss in 13 games, while playing defensive end, defensive tackle and Jack linebacker...also played fullback in some jumbo goal-line packages.
In three seasons at FSU, Edwards Jr. recorded a total of 89 tackles, 23.0 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks. He also had one interception, seven pass defenses, three forced fumbles and one touchdown during his career with the Seminoles.
CBS Sports has Edwards Jr. ranked as their 64th overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft, and they have him projected as a second-round pick. Perhaps the Lions will take a look at him as someone who can bolster their pass rush at defensive end but also slide inside on occasion and help at defensive tackle as well.