Lavar Edwards

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Lavar Edwards
No. 93 Carolina Panthers
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-04-29) April 29, 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth: Gretna, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school: Desire Street Academy (LA)
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 5 / Pick: 142
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Tackles: 10
Quarterback sacks: 0.0
Forced fumbles: 0
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Lavar M. Edwards (born April 29, 1990) is an American football defensive end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Louisiana State University (LSU). He was drafted in the fifth round, 142nd overall pick by the Tennessee Titans of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Edwards attended Desire Street Academy high school. He was ranked among one of the top 40 prospects in the state of Louisiana by[1] During high school, He was named to the Baton Rouge Advocate's Super Dozen.[1]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Lavar Edwards
Defensive end
Baton Rouge, Louisiana Desire Street Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 300 lb (140 kg) 4.9
(According to
Jan 26, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 23 (TE)   Rivals: 42 (DE), 33 (Louisiana)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

He accepted a scholarship to play at Louisiana State University for coach Les Miles' LSU Tigers football team from 2009 to 2012. In his last two years, he played defensive end behind Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery.

He finished his college career with a total of 96 tackles, 10.5 sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.[2] On January 25, 2013, he was selected to participate in the 2013 Senior Bowl.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 277 lb 35 1/2 in 10 in 4.80 s 33.0 in 119 ft 0 in
All values from the NFL Combine [4]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

Edwards was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round (142th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, with the intention of playing defensive end in defensive coordinator Jerry Gray's 4-3 defense. As a rookie, he was inactive for nine games, played in 7 contests (one start), while registering 10 tackles, one tackle for loss, one quarterback pressure and a pass defensed.

The next year defensive coordinator Ray Horton was hired to change the defense to a 3-4 alignment, so he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick (not exercised) on August 30, 2014.[5]

Dallas Cowboys (first stint)[edit]

Edwards was waived on September 20, 2014,[6] with this pattern repeating two additional times during the season, until being re-signed to the practice squad on November 3. He was placed on the injured reserve list on December 10, finishing with 10 tackles. He was cut on September 6, 2015, to make room for running back Christine Michael.

Oakland Raiders[edit]

A day after being waived by the Dallas Cowboys, Edwards was claimed by the Oakland Raiders. On September 11, 2015, he was cut to make room for linebacker Aldon Smith.

Chicago Bears[edit]

On September 16, 2015, he was signed by the Chicago Bears. He was released on September 25.

Dallas Cowboys (second stint)[edit]

On September 29, 2015, Edwards was signed to the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad.[7]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On December 1, 2015, he was signed by the Buffalo Bills from the Cowboys practice squad. On September 2, 2016, he was released by the Bills as part of final roster cuts.[8]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

On September 4, 2016, Edwards was claimed off waivers by the Panthers.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Lavar Edwards LSU Tigers profile". 
  2. ^ "Lavar Edwards LSU Statistics". 
  3. ^ "Russell Shepard, Lavar Edwards Set for Senior Bowl". Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Lavar Edwards NFL Combine profile
  5. ^ Wyatt, Jim (August 30, 2014). "Titans cut Maikon Bonani, Moise Fokou; Edwards traded". Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  6. ^ MacMahon, Tim (September 20, 2014). "LB Keith Smith moves up to 53-man roster". Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  7. ^ Helman, David (September 29, 2015). "Cowboys Sign DE/DT David Irving From Kansas City; Make Practice Squad Move". Retrieved September 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ Brown, Chris. "Vets Felton and Lawson headline Bills cut to 53". 
  9. ^ Gantt, Darin. "Panthers claim defensive end Lavar Edwards from the Bills". 

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