Bryan Edwards, South Carolina WR
6-foot-3, 212 pounds — 32 1/4-inch arms — 9 1/2-inch hands
Fourth year Senior from Conway, SC
Bryan Edwards was a four-year starting receiver at South Carolina who started primarily at Z in South Carolina’s shotgun spread offense. He lined up both outside and in the slot and showcased the versatile skillset to play both X and Z. Edwards was extremely reliable for the Gamecocks, missing only three games due to injury across his four seasons while catching at least one pass in every game he played in. He’s a long, strong, big-bodied receiver who prides himself on his tenacious demeanor.
Edwards will appeal to teams looking for a tough, physically imposing receiving weapon. His strength, long arms, and hand fighting skills help him fight off press coverage consistently, though he didn’t see press looks much when lined up in the slot. As a route runner, Edwards is a long strider who can separate vertically with plus acceleration for his size. He struggles to gain much separation on horizontal routes, however, showcasing merely adequate agility and a lack of explosiveness in and out of breaks. While his long speed and physicality should make him a potent deep threat in theory, inconsistencies with ball tracking will hinder him from become a top tier vertical threat.
He shows off an impressive catch radius, which paired with solid hands and brutish strength make him an ideal red zone target. Edwards doesn’t always make clean hands catches, occasionally allowing the ball to come into his chest, but his ability to pull in contested balls and make one-handed grabs is impressive. Those body catches didn’t result in many drops in college, but will allow longer defenders to break up passes at the next level. When he can’t rely on brute force against long and physical cornerbacks, he has a hard time winning his reps and getting open against man coverage.
With the ball in his hands, Edwards is a man possessed, turning into a downhill power back who gets behind his pads, lowers his shoulder, and churns his feet well. He’s constantly fighting for extra yards and routinely breaks tackles against smaller secondary players.
Because Edwards is such a force with the ball in his hands, South Carolina offensive coordinator Mike Bobo frequently called jet sweeps and end arounds to manufacture touches for Edwards, much like the San Francisco 49ers did with Edwards’ former teammate Deebo Samuel. As a run blocker, Edwards is effective, but not as menacing as one would expect based on the rest of his game. While he is able to stalk block well, he could become an elite blocker on the edge if he brought the same attitude he does with the ball in his hands.
With the ability to play both Z and X, Edwards projects as a versatile, physical weapon who can be called upon to eke out tough yards as a possession receiver. If he can sharpen up as a route runner, Edwards can become a reliable WR2 or WR3 who serves as a red zone threat, vertical weapon, and gadget guy — a rare combination of skills.