Wisconsin's David Edwards to Enter NFL Draft

Wisconsin's David Edwards to Enter NFL Draft

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Wisconsin's David Edwards to Enter NFL Draft

University of Wisconsin junior David Edwards could only say no to the NFL once.

The Badgers’ starting right tackle announced his intentions Tuesday that he would skip his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

Edwards submitted his name to the NFL College Advisory Committee last season after being named an AFCA All-American and received a second-round grade before opting to return. His season did not go well, injuring his left shoulder during fall camp in August and playing through pain over Wisconsin’s first 10 games. He finally made the decision following UW’s loss at Penn State to shut it down the final two regular season games and ultimately the bowl game.

It’s unknown what feedback Edwards received from the committee this year, but Pro Football Focus ranked him No.44 overall among qualified linemen at his position.

A 6-7 former high school quarterback, Edwards originally came to Wisconsin as a tight end but was switched to tackle prior to fall camp of his redshirt freshman season in 2016. He played in 37 games for the Badgers over the next three years with 31 starts, taking over at right tackle during the middle of the 2015 season.

Edwards’ departure means the Badgers will need to replace at least three starting offensive linemen in 2019, as senior guards Michael Deiter and Beau Benzschawel are also likely NFL Draft picks.

Redshirt sophomore Tyler Biadasz has yet to decide if he’ll enter the draft rather than returning to UW in 2019. Biadasz is projected by some draft analysis as the top draft-eligible center and a first-round pick.

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