Florida State lineman Edwards poised to dominate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State's Mario Edwards Jr. has everything a coach wants in a defensive lineman -- the combination of power and agility. Last year he was a third-team All-ACC selection after arriving in Tallahassee as the No. 1 recruit in the nation in 2012.
Now he needs to dominate on every down.
Edwards used the offseason to firm-up his 300 pounds. He's bench pressing 450 pounds, squatting 600 pounds and routinely runs down players 100 pounds lighter.
Bucky Brooks, NFL Media analyst and former NFL scout, says Edwards needs to consistently dominate his opponent. The Seminole lineman says that's the goal -- along with double-digit sacks.
The defense needs Edwards to replace the production of Timmy Jernigan, a second-round 2014 NFL draft pick, if it is going remain a championship-caliber unit.


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