Day three drafted rookie to starting offensive lineman
Now, keep in mind that David Edwards was graded as a backup/special team player in his 2019 NFL Draft profile. His NFL success (finding an impact offensive lineman on day three is a success) is all thanks to offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. While Kromer is no longer with the team, his legacy of crosstraining offensive linemen at all positions is still paying huge dividends for the Rams today. Edwards was drafted as an offensive tackle, but he slid inside to play offensive right guard in 2019, and offensive left guard in 2020.
While Edwards has not turned in a Pro Bowl season yet, 2021 is the first year in his career where he is entering the season as a starting offensive lineman. On that same line of thinking, it’s his first season where he is returning to play the same offensive line position that he played at one year ago.
It’s easy for fans to list offensive linemen as a priority for each NFL Draft because it’s easy to overlook the fact that they have a solid starter from the 2019 NFL Draft. Was he a headliner? No, just a young man with a dream of playing the sport he loves, and so far he’s doing a pretty good job of it.
Edwards improves each season, and with 2021 featuring an almost normal offseason that includes Organized Teams Activities (OTAs) and preseason games, his progress should be noticeable this year. Of course, if you fail to notice, that’s okay too. Like many NFL offensive linemen, David Edwards relishes his anonymity. But I hope he’ll be okay if we give him a solid on how well he’s played so far.