The one thing that you're always going to get from Edwards is heart and toughness. He may be small but he doesn't let that hold him back. Edwards has a very high motor and he has used that to become very successful in college.He also never shies away from contact, whether it is a ball carrier or a blocker. Some of his best traits as a player come in his run support. He comes downhill hard and fills his lane with a great amount of quickness and is a force on the outside against the run.
One thing that scouts will look at with Edwards is obviously his lack of size. Not only is he shorter, but he also doesn't have much weight to him. This could hurt him at the next level against bigger wide receivers and ball carriers, as well as taking on blocks. Something that Edwards will have to get used to in the league is playing more press man if he is used at the nickel. This is something I believe that he can handle but he just wasn't asked to do much of it in college.
No Major Injury History
2018: Florida, Mississippi State, Texas A&M
Mike Edwards has been a key piece to a Kentucky football senior class that is arguably the best they've ever had. Edwards saw his first action as a redshirt freshman as he started in the last five games of the season. However, it was his sophomore year that he truly burst onto the scene. He started in every game as a sophomore, finishing with 100 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, and three interceptions on his way to being named AP Second Team All-SEC. He continued his successful career as a junior, finishing with 96 tackles, four TFL, one sack, and four interceptions. There was speculation that Edwards may enter the draft early following his junior year but he decided to return to school for one last season. As a senior, Edwards finished with 82 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, and one interception returned for a touchdown. He helped this Kentucky team make history as they finished at a record of 10-3 after a victory in the Citrus Bowl over Penn State. Edwards was named Second Team All-SEC and will play in the Senior Bowl following a great end to his career. As far as the next level goes, I see Edwards being a solid option at the nickel spot and as a strong safety. I believe a team will draft him between the 3rd-5th rounds and use him in the nickel and on special teams to start. However, I can definitely see him turning into a full-time starter at strong safety if he develops as a pro. With that being said, I believe Edwards will have a solid NFL career and could possibly be talked about one day as one of the steals of this draft.
He has a solid amount of quickness which he uses to flip his hips when covering receivers. Also moves sideline to sideline smoothly. Good hip flexibility which he uses when dropping to his zones and making plays on the ball. He can keep up with most wide receivers when tested deep. He is very explosive when coming down to help in the run, isn't afraid to lay big hits. Reads receivers well and stays on the right path/angle in order to keep up with them.