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Kalimba Edwards | DE | South Carolina | Southeastern Conference
Selected by Detroit Lions in round 2, pick 3 (35 overall)
Height Weight 40 Grade
6'5½ 265 4.71 4.15
Kalimba Edwards
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Three-year starter used at both outside linebacker and defensive end. All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling 79/3.5/2. Junior numbers were 69/8/4 when again he was a first team All-Conference pick after 64/4/5 his initial campaign with the first unit as a sophomore. Played extensively on special teams as a freshman. Injured his knee during the tenth game of his senior campaign against Florida which caused him to miss the final two contests of the year as well as the Senior Bowl. Recently ran a 4.70 during individual workouts.

Nice-sized athlete that should eventually grow into an every down defensive lineman. Breaks down well, plays low with leverage and displays the ability to quickly redirect or adjust his body to the action. Improved his quickness off the snap as a senior, technically sound with his hands getting off blocks and smooth moving in any direction of the field. Scrapes well laterally, pursues to the action with speed and displays great range. Wraps up tackling and brings the ballcarrier down on initial contact. Effectively used off the line of scrimmage in pass coverage as a senior and rarely is he off his feet. Lacks the strong base, slow shedding blocks and easily ridden out of his angle of attack by the opposition. Tends to take a lot of wide angles rushing up the field and slow locating the ball. Not nearly as fast or explosive compared to former Gamecock John Abraham, but has more growth potential and in time could be a better run defender. Solid prospect that will improve in time. Mid First Round.

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