Former Kentucky safety Mike Edwards was the third Wildcat off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft, but he has stolen headlines just as much (if not more) as any of his fellow UK draftees during early workouts.
Selected No. 99 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round, Edwards had an extremely strong start to rookie training camp and team OTAs, with early rumblings being that he could end up starting from day one.
This afternoon, the Buccaneers released a feature on Edwards as part of their “Meet the Rookies” series. In the video, the former Wildcat talked about growing up in sports, how his first passion was baseball, his impressive career at Kentucky, and how he’s fitting in as a rookie in the NFL, among other topics.
“With this new coaching staff and all the players we have and these young guys, we’re building chemistry and building a bond together,” he said of his time in Tampa thus far.
Take a look at the feature on the Honey Badger:
Meet the Rookies | Mike Edwards
"With this new coaching staff and all the players we have and these young guys, we're building chemistry and building a bond together." pic.twitter.com/vLTAVc6V81
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) June 27, 2019
In his four-year career at Kentucky, Edwards never missed a game, playing in 51 games with 44 consecutive starts. In that time, the Honey Badger totaled 318 career tackles, good for second in UK history among defensive backs. He was also a three-time All-SEC member (2016, 2017, 2018) and was named to the Thorpe Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch Lists. As a senior, Edwards ranked second on the team in tackles (76), tackles for loss (9.0), pass break-ups (6) and interceptions (2).
According to the terms of his draft selection, the former Wildcat’s deal with Tampa is worth roughly $3.34 million over four years to go with an $822K signing bonus.
Keep making us proud, Badger.