The Los Angeles Rams came away with some great value in the 2019 NFL draft, adding players who will contribute as rookies and eventually become starters in 2020. They did so by moving up and down the board, striking six trades in Nashville.
Taylor Rapp, who they took with the 61st overall pick, looks like a steal, considering the Rams would have been “comfortable” taking him at No. 31. David Long seems like a great value at No. 79 overall, bolstering the secondary with a future starter at cornerback.
However, Draft Wire’s Luke Easterling doesn’t see either player as the team’s biggest steal. Instead, that honor goes to offensive tackle David Edwards, who they drafted with the 169th overall pick in the fifth round.
Edwards only played right tackle in college, but the Rams will try him there, as well as left guard, right guard and left tackle. He’ll be cross-trained by offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, as just about every young O-lineman is with the Rams.The Rams used their only fifth-round selection on OL David Edwards out of the University of Wisconsin. Edwards will join the Rams’ third-round pick, offensive lineman Bobby Evans, as a candidate to be cross-trained to play multiple positions on the offensive line in L.A. He’s coming off 10 starts in 10 games as a redshirt junior battling a shoulder injury, a performance that was good for Big Ten honors.
The Los Angeles Rams have drafted another offensive tackle. After drafting Bobby Evans on Friday in Round 3, the Rams took David Edwards in the fifth round on Saturday. Edwards is another project who the Rams can look to develop as a potential replacement for Andrew Whitworth whenever he decides to hang them up.
The football bloodlines are deep in Edwards’ family. According to a graphic on ESPN’s draft broadcast, a handful of his family members all played Division-I college football.
Interestingly enough, they all played at Big Ten schools, just like Edwards. His father Dave played at Indiana, his cousin Garrett and great uncle Ron both played at Illinois, and another cousin named Tommy played at Iowa. While they paved the way Edwards has made it the farthest, as he’ll be the only one of them to make it to the NFL.The Rams drafted offensive lineman David Edwards out of the University of Wisconsin with their late fifth round pick (No. 169).
The second offensive lineman added to the Rams’ roster out of the 2019 draft, Edwards is a 6-foot-6, 308-pound former First Team All-American, who started 31 games at right tackle for the Badgers in three seasons.
The Rams newest offensive lineman is a former high school quarterback and was originally recruited to Madison, Wisconsin as a tight end, before switching tackle after his freshman redshirt season.
Edwards missed the final three games of his Wisconsin career, dealing a nagging shoulder injury suffered in camp, but told the Los Angeles media that he hopes his proven ability to battle injury is a measure of his toughness.
“I hope that the Rams are able to see that they got a really good dude, a team guy that’s willing to work his tail off for everybody in the building,” Edwards said.Edwards will join fellow fellow former Wisconsin right tackle Rob Havenstein in the Rams offensive line room.
After his sophomore season, Edwards was looking like the next great Wisconsin lineman. After getting the All-American selection, there was a ton of buzz surrounding him heading into last season.
Unfortunately, he suffered a shoulder injury before the 2018 season started. He tried to play through it, but shut himself down with a couple of games left to play in order to make sure he was fully healthy for the draft.