Chris Varughese

The Bears Brawl Writer, Jr. Editor and Draft Expert

With the signing of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to replace Adrian Amos, the void at safety in the Chicago Bears’ secondary has been filled. However, Clinton-Dix’s contract is only for a year, and it’s never a bad idea to have depth at that position. Mike Edwards out of Kentucky is a player for the Bears’ to look for in the later rounds of the draft. He’s a guy that can sit behind Clinton-Dix for a year or more and progress. With a high floor and natural instincts, he is also someone who can produce like a starter right away if need be.

There has been many names associated with the Bears’ during the draft. Mike Edwards has not been mentioned as often during the draft process, mainly due to a hand injury he sustained during the Senior Bowl (his first injury in his college career). Edwards never missed a game in his four years at Kentucky. He didn’t start his first seven game as a freshman and since then he has made 44 consecutive starts. He was named a team captain in his senior season.

In his senior year he totaled 56 solo tackles adding on 2 interceptions, returning 1 for a touchdown. He lined up all over the field on Kentucky’s defense. He lined up in the slot, on the outside, in the box, at free safety and even on the edge. His versatility is what teams look for in safeties in the modern NFL. Him and Darnell Savage are the same size at 6’0, 200 lbs. Savage has been a player who has been linked to the Bears’ as a potential strong safety for them to draft. Savage and Edwards are very similar players, with Savage being a little more athletic and Edwards being better at the mental side of football. Savage has boosted his stock during the draft process, while Edwards has decreased his. Savage will have his own spotlight later, but for now he is a second to third round pick. Edwards, on the other hand, could be a great value pick as late as the sixth round.

Negatives: 

  • Takes bad angles running downhill
  • Uncontrolled downhill aggression
  • Heavy feet in coverage
  • Too aggressive at top of route
  • Poor at shedding blocks

Positives

  • Great tackling in the second level
  • Very good recognition
  • Natural in zone coverage, smooth hips in man coverage
  • Good burst and acceleration
  • Effective on blitzes

Below are some videos highlighting Mike Edwards against Georgia and Tennessee. In both, these pros and cons can be observed.

Tennessee:

Georgia: