- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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We are looking at the best-case scenario for all 10 of the Oakland Raiders’ draft picks.
Player: Mario Edwards
Position: Defensive end, Florida State
Round: Round 2, No. 35 overall
Earliest he could have big role: Week 1
Why is there an opportunity? Defensive end is one of the Raiders’ holes. Edwards was drafted with the No. 35 overall pick to start. It would be a major disappointment if he doesn’t.
Who is in his way? Edwards’ biggest competition will be Benson Mayowa, a backup-type player. He started one game with one sack and 13 tackles. If Mayowa wins the job, it would be a major shock.
Current thoughts: Edwards needs to prove he can rush the passer. He had three sacks last season and eight in three seasons at Florida State. He is a capable run-stopper, but with 22 sacks as a team last year, Oakland needs some pass-rush burst from Edwards.
Edwards was drafted to be an immediate contributor on the defensive line.