Prospect: Lavar Edwards, DE, LSULavar Edwards

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 277 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Sturdy build with impressive strength for his size
  • Plays with heavy feet and low foot repetition, beats defenders with upper body only
  • Lacks range in open field or speed-oriented situations

Intelligence/Effort:

  • Overall motor and relentlessness needs to be higher for a pass rusher with average athletic ability
  • Positionally versatile player who was played from all defensive line positions depending on situation
  • Has a natural feel for gap leverage which shows up against both pass and run, uses a deliberate first step

Pass Rush:

  • Speed rush extremely limited by lack of burst with his first step and inflexibility of his hips
  • Methodical pass rusher who is limited by lack of suddenness in his feet, rarely blows past slow-footed blockers if ever
  • Effectiveness center on ability to land his hands in the proper place and get blockers moving backwards with power first
  • Picks his way through traffic well by getting his hands into blockers quickly, bonus when rushing from the interior
  • Shows technician-like qualities with his hands if able to generate initial push with the power rush

Run Support:

  • Stacks run blockers well at the line with necessary strength from lower half
  • Gets to the ball at a low rate in the running game, not a high impact tackler
  • Creates space with arm extension and hand placement but lacks consistent ability to shed blocks due to lack of footwork
  • Limited burst to close on the ball when he does disengage from blockers
  • Lacks necessary tenacity or overt physicality needed against the run, often too passive

Technique:

  • Shoots his heavy hands quickly to jolt offensive lineman, controls blockers with arms extended very well
  • Far more effective player when his pad level is low, inconsistent on the whole due to lack of hip flexibility
  • Struggles to stay balanced through contact occasionally, will lose his footing

Overall:

Lavar Edwards has been stuck under the shadow of the more well-known pass rushers from LSU, Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery.  Edwards was essentially used as a rotational player for the two, who also spotlighted as an interior rusher on obvious passing downs.  He’s still a highly experienced player who contributed all four years for the Tigers.  Edwards is simply nowhere near those other two pass rushers in terms of immediate effectiveness or long-term upside.  His lack of impressive athleticism is a big limit for a pass rusher hoping to get drafting in the middle rounds.  His saving grace is well-developed technique.  After all, he was still quite productive throughout his career in the SEC.  Edwards is a nice fit as a depth defensive end for 4-3 teams, who has some potential to kick inside on rushing downs and contribute from the inside.  But overall, he’s a bit of an underwhelming pass rusher who appears to be a late-round pick.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Lavar Edwards Scouting Report

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