Selected by Oakland Raiders in the second round (35th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft, May 1, 2015.
Played three years at Florida State…Played in 36 games with 26 starts, primarily at defensive end…Also saw action at defensive tackle, Jack linebacker and fullback in some jumbo goal-line packages…Totaled 89 tackles (52 solo), 23 tackles for loss, eight sacks, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…Started all 13 games as a junior, totaling 11 tackles for loss on the season…Named All-ACC First Team by the coaches and media…Also earned Sports Illustrated second-team All-American honors in 2014…Two-time ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week…Established season-high marks in tackles (44), passes defensed (five) and forced fumbles (two)…Ranked second on the team with three sacks…Registered new career highs with nine tackles against Virginia, including four for losses…Also forced a fumble in the contest to earn his second ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honor…Finished the year with 23 tackles for loss, ranking just four shy of the top 20 in FSU annals…As a sophomore, started at right end for the nation’s third-ranked total defense (281.4 yards per game) and No. 1 scoring defense (12.1 points per game)…Named one of the top defensive linemen in the conference by league coaches as a third-team All-ACC selection…Made 11 starts and appeared in 12 games as a sophomore, totaling 28 tackles (19 solo)...Was the catalyst behind several splash plays in 2013, with two fumble recoveries, one returned for a TD, one forced fumble, 9.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and one INT…Recovered a fumble and brought it back 37 yards for the score at Clemson…Had a monster performance in the BCS National Championship Game, totaling a career-high three tackles for loss including a sack…Intercepted a pass and made two tackles, including 0.5 sacks at Wake Forest…Had three tackles and two tackles for loss, one an 8-yard sack, and a forced fumble at Florida…As a freshman, appeared in 11 games with two starts...Projected to redshirt in 2012, but was forced into action due to the loss of DE Brandon Jenkins in Week 1, and then into the starting lineup after losing DT Cornellius “Tank” Carradine in Week 12...Recorded first career sack in a road win over Maryland…Made his first career start in the ACC Championship Game, replacing Carradine…Became the only true freshman to register a start for the Seminoles on defense…Entered the ACC Championship Game with seven tackles on the season, doubling that number in the game with seven tackles against the Yellow Jackets, including one for a loss…Made second start in the Orange Bowl against Northern Illinois, registering his first pass defensed…Added three tackles.
PERSONAL: Attended two different high schools in Denton, Texas and was the near-consensus top rated prospect in the nation…Was a three-sport star athlete in football, baseball and track at Prosper High School, starting at defensive end for the state champion Eagles…Recorded 69 tackles and three sacks as a freshman on top of catching 17 passes for 361 yards and three TDs…Transferred to Billy Ryan High School for his junior and senior seasons…As a junior, recorded 127 tackles, 50 tackles for loss and 18 sacks, leading the school to a state runner-up finish…Named the Texas Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press in 2011…As a senior, recorded 72 tackles and 11 sacks…Named the USA Today High School Defensive Player of the Year…Earned All-American honors from USA Today, Parade, Sports Illustrated (second team) and ESPN…One of just four players given a perfect 100 rating by 247Sports, being named their 2012 Defensive Player of the Year…Listed as No. 1 prospect by ESPN, Scout and 247Sports…Rivals.com listed him at No. 3 nationally…Also competed as a shot putter in his final two years of high school, recording a top throw of 15.08 meters, finishing first in the 2012 Richardson Invitational…His father, Mario Edwards, was also a former FSU star and played five NFL seasons as a cornerback, four with the Dallas Cowboys (2000-03) and one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004).