NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former Tennessee State offensive tackle Kadeem Edwards was drafted in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday.
Edwards, a native of Sanford, will return to the Sunshine State as the Bucs’ fourth selection in the draft, the 143rd pick overall.
This past season, Edwards was named First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference after starting 13 games for the Tigers. He was the top offensive lineman for the Tigers who finished the season 10-4 overall, 6-2 and second place in the OVC.
Edwards helped earn an at-large berth to the FCS Playoffs and blocked for Tim Broughton who rushed for 1,146 yards (25th-most nationally) and six touchdowns. He also protected a quarterback duo that combined for 26 passes touchdowns and only four interceptions.
Following his senior season, Edwards was invited to the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl and named an All-American by Beyond Sports Network, BOXTOROW, Sports Network, Heritage Sports Radio Network and to the Associated Press’s Second Team.
Edwards is the first Tiger to be drafted since Javarris Williams in 2009.