Rookie Prospect: Bryan Edwards (WR)


With the NFL combine just weeks away we here at The Elite Fantasy wanted to start looking at some players who have the potential of being fantasy contributors on the next level sooner rather than later. The objective of these player spot lights, that you will see over the next few weeks, are to discuss what we like and what we don't about the incoming rookie class. We have taken a look at the film and have made some notes and now we can share what we have found with you, our Elite Family. The first three player spotlights we featured were on Utah State Quarterback Jordan Love, Florida Atlantic Tight End Harrison Bryant, and Vanderbilt Running Back Ke'Shawn Vaughn, which you can find in our Fantasy Article section under news. Next we want to focus on the South Carolina University's all time leading receiver, Bryan Edwards.


Projected Round to Be Drafted:

From what it sounds like from people around the industry Edwards is being viewed as a second day prospect for this years NFL draft. He is looking like a solid second or third round pick. When looking at the game film and adding in his attributes and concerns Edwards grades out to us as an early third round pick.


Attributes:

* Good Hands

* Long Speed

* Athletic

Bryan Edwards became the all time leading receiver for South Carolina beating out Alshon Jeffery, Sterling Sharpe, Sidney Rice, and Deebo Samuel in his four years of playing at the college level. In that time we see many good attributes that will transition well into the NFL. The first is his good hands. Edwards has good strong hands that helps with catching and keeping the ball secure while running. Second attribute that is evident his Edwards long speed. Edwards has the ability to make plays over the top because of this speed. Edwards also has the size and look of an NFL receiver. Bryan is a very athletic 6'3" 215 Lb. dude.


Concerns:

* Route Running

* Contested Catches


There are some concerns though that will knock him down teams draft boards come this spring. The first is his route running. Edwards is more of a straight line runner. Edwards is not terrible at other routes he just needs to clean that part of his game up to really become a force for some NFL team. The other area Edwards struggles in is with contested catches. The film shows when fighting for the ball in the air with a defensive back he loses more fights then winning, which will be concerning to many NFL teams.

NFL Player Comp:

* Demaryius Thomas


We see a lot of Demaryius Thomas in Edwards game, especially in the red zone.

Ideal Landing Spot:

* Buffalo Bills


Looking at the style of Edwards play and the wide receiver needy teams in the NFL we clearly see one marriage that would be perfect, and that is with the Buffalo Bills. The Bills were missing that compliment on the other side to John Brown this past season and Edwards would be a fantastic player to place here. His long speed teamed with Allen's strong arm could take that Bills offense to the next level. Brown and Edwards on the outside would leave the middle of the field for young tight end Dawson Knox and Cole Beasley to eat.

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