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

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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 NFL.com, 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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