Name: Edward Kirkland
School: Benedict College
Position: Safety
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 210

Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?

My goal was to win a championship. Over the last couple of years, the coaching staff has challenged us to not only turn the program around, but to be in a position to compete for a championship.

Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?

Versatile, Aggressive, and Playmaker.

Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?

I plan to train with Micah Kurtz. He’s the strength and condition coach at the high school I went to (A.C. Flora). He’s won numerous awards for being a strength coach and is a great mentor, so choosing him to help me wasn’t a hard decision.

Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?

Tendencies! Watching film and actually being in the game are two completely different things, but when you pay attention to tendencies, it kind of gives you an idea of what plays the offense is going to run.

Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?

I tend to grasp an understanding of what the other team is trying to do and how they are going to try to attack us pretty quickly. Therefore, that puts me in great positions to make plays. I also seem to end up with the ball in my hands a lot and when that happens, my goal is to always score!

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

Playmaking ability and turnovers! I love to help put our offense in a great position to be successful. I am also very encouraging on and off the field to my teammates just trying to make sure everyone stays on track and out of trouble.

Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?

My final pitch will simply be built off actions. I believe my game speaks for itself. I have good size, I fly around the field, and I have nose for the ball. Very dedicated to the game and to becoming the best player I can be on and off the field.