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Mario Edwards and P.J. Williams leaving Florida State to enter NFL draft

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Two Florida State Seminoles the Bengals could have are entering the 2015 NFL draft.

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Another defensive lineman the Bengals could target is entering the 2015 NFL draft. Florida State defensive lineman Mario Edwards is forging his senior season to enter the 2015 draft, per ESPN's Joe Schad.

Edwards, a 6'2.5, 277-pounder, was an All-ACC player and is a lock to be drafted in one of the first three rounds. Though he was banged up at times this season, Edwards finished the 2014 season with with 23 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, three sacks and one pass breakup.  In 2013, Edwards registered 28 tackles with two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, 9.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, an interception and a TD return.

He mainly plays defensive end, and is one of the best at setting the edge in run defense of any DE in this year's class. He'll likely be on the board when the Bengals are drafting at No. 21.

Joining Edwards is cornerback P.J. Williams, a junior who announced Tuesday that he would be forgoing his senior year to declare early for the 2015 Draft. Williams' career highlight was his performance in the 2014 BCS title game, in which he grabbed an interception along with seven tackles against Auburn,

This past season, Williams was fifth on the team with 74 tackles this season, including 6.5 for a loss. He finishes his career with 123 total tackles and four interceptions. Depending on what happens with Terence Newman and Leon Hall and how confident the Bengals are in Darqueze Dennard and Dre Kirkpatrick, Williams could be someone the Bengals look at, but more likely as a Round 2 target.