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NFL Media's Bucky Brooks Names Mario Edwards Jr. As Breakout Candidate In 2016


Defensive End Mario Edwards Jr.

Before getting injured towards the end of last season, Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. flashed his talent and indicated that he could be a well-rounded player in the NFL. The Florida State-product appeared in 14 games during his rookie season, becoming an integral part of the defensive rotation as the season wore on. Edwards is receiving a lot of positive recognition, along with several other Raiders, and could be a breakout candidate for the 2016 season.

The rookie had a combined 41 tackles and forced three fumbles, and appeared to be comfortable attacking offensive lines. According to Bucky Brooks of, the Raiders' defensive line "could feature a pair of Pro Bowlers in 2016."

"The 6-3, 280-pound Edwards quietly emerged as a terror on the inside, exhibiting a rare combination of speed, quickness and power that overwhelmed blockers at the point of attack."

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