With the signing of Florida State DE Mario Edwards Jr., the Oakland Raiders' entire 2015 Draft Class is now under contract. The Raiders selected Edwards in the 2nd round of this past April's NFL Draft.
Edwards Jr., whose father Mario Edwards Sr., played defensive back for the Dallas Cowboys, says he is excited to be part of a team with rich history and tradition.
"It's feels great, all the years I worked, high school, college, is finally paying off," said Edwards. "Now to come to the Oakland Raiders where they're known for how nasty and physical they were, is an honor."
Edwards says that he is fitting in well with his defensive teammates and that he is taking advantage of playing with and learning from veteran defensive end Justin Tuck.
"I'm fitting in good, coaches are finding places to put me in, moving me all up and down the line. I have a lot of opportunities to make plays," said Edwards. "Having a vet like Tuck, he kind of is giving me advice and I'm soaking it up like a sponge."
It's fitting that Edwards Jr., the son of a former NFL player, signed his first pro contract the Friday before Father's Day. "It's something I always wanted to do, I wanted to be just like him and follow in his footsteps," Edwards said.
The Silver and Black's offseason program is complete and the team will report to their Napa Valley Training Complex for Training Camp 2015 the last week of July.