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Kentucky safety Mike Edwards seen as safe pick for NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is less than a week away in Nashville, and on Thursday’s Move the Sticks podcast, former scouts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks discussed players they believe will be what they called “safe picks” when the roll call starts April 25.

And one of Jeremiah’s “safe picks” was Kentucky safety Mike Edwards.

“Sometimes when you’re talking about safe picks, we’re not talking just about first- and second-round guys,” said Jeremiah, who worked for the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens before joining the NFL Network. “Just players that you have a role for them, you know exactly what you’re going to get, there’s no guesswork.

“Mike Edwards, safety from Kentucky, he might not be the biggest guy in the world — 5-10 1/2, 205 pounds, ran 4.5 flat. But I just love the fact I can drop him down and play him near the line of scrimmage and I know exactly what I’m going to get from him. He’s somebody who’s going to be a very sure tackler. He’s got some instincts to get his hands on some balls underneath. Just going to be a very dependable, reliable player.

“Mike Edwards, probably I’d say fourth round is where he ends up going, maybe he could sneak into the third round. But more than likely you’re talking about a fourth-round guy and I feel great about that pick.”

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ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has also been high on Edwards as a middle-round pick.

“I think that is where you get a guy who is a proven playmaker,” said Kiper during a media conference call in March. “He is a guy who was a team leader. Mike Edwards. He is around the ball. He can make his presence felt in a lot of ways. I think if you get into the fourth or fifth round — I think (Lonnie) Johnson will be a second or third. I think Edwards will be more of a 4-5.”

UK’s Josh Allen is expected to be among the first five picks next Thursday. He has been invited to Nashville for the draft along with the following players:

From the SEC: Running back Josh Jacobs, offensive tackle Jonah Williams and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams of Alabama; linebacker Devin White and cornerback Greedy Williams of LSU; quarterback Drew Lock of Missouri; wide receiver D.K. Metcalf of Ole Miss; defensive back Deandre Baker of Georgia; defensive end Montez Sweat of Mississippi State; and offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor of Florida.

Other invitees are wide receiver Marquise Brown, quarterback Kyler Murray and offensive tackle Cody Ford of Oklahoma; tight ends Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson of Iowa; defensive end Nick Bosa of Ohio State; defensive end Brian Burns of Florida State; linebacker Devin Bush of Michigan; offensive tackle Andre Dillard of Washington State; quarterback Daniel Jones of Duke, defensive tackle Ed Oliver of Houston and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins of Clemson.

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The first round takes place on April 25, starting at 8 p.m. with TV coverage on ABC, ESPN, the NFL Network and ESPN Deportes. Rounds 2-3 start at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26, on ABC, ESPN/ESPN2, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes. Rounds 4-7 take place Saturday, April 27, starting at noon on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes.

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