Javier Edwards is on the cusp of his dreams.
After being the Big Man on Campus at Aldine Davis, a grinder at Blinn Junior College and a defensive anchor at Colorado, Edwards is in position to become a professional athlete.
The 6-foot-3, 325-pound defensive tackle has put in the work to have this opportunity to play in the NFL. He impressed at his recent Pro-Day, giving him hope to have his named called within the top seven rounds of the draft.
“Everyone at this level is big, fast and strong,” he said. “How are you going to separate yourself? How strong are you mentally to live out your dream?”
Edwards starred at Davis when it opened.
“When I was in high school, I was bigger and stronger than everyone else,” he said. “I never really had to work that hard. If I had to give a high schooler any advice, I would tell them to take the classroom serious and take the weight room serious. If I would have done that, instead of being a low draft pick, I could have been a high draft pick.”
The all-district selection remembers back to his day in the blue and red.
“I remember our first varsity game as a program,” he said. “I stripped the ball-carrier and outran everyone for a touchdown. I’m getting married soon and some of my high school teammates are in the wedding. We are still great friends.”
Offered by Mississippi State and Iowa State, college began to back off due to his grades. He double-signed with Texas State and Blinn. At Blinn, he became the 46-ranked Juco prospect during his second year.
“I loved the scenery at Colorado and it was really chill,” he said. “I knew I needed to get into Spring Training right after Blinn to stay in shape. It took some getting used to. The altitude was tough but playing in the snow was fun. The PAC 12 was all about speed, the competition was great.
Edwards began working out with super-trainer Derrick Jonkins to prepare for his Pro-Day and the NFLPA Bowl game.
“I learned so much and the all-star game and just soaked in what the NFL players and coaches told me,” he said. “You have to know the playbook, outsmart your opponent and stay on your Ps and Qs all the time.
“I had the reputation of being overweight in the past, but now I’m a big-body who is powerful, quick and agile,” he said. “This has been a learning process for me. There is a lot of sacrifice. You have to put partying and fun on the on back-burner and just focus on helping yourself and your family. You have to take advantage of every opportunity.
“You have to use football, not let football use you.”