The Las Vegas Raiders have selected South Carolina’s Bryan Edwards with the No. 81 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He’ll join Alabama’s Henry Ruggs out wide as the Raiders look to rebuild their receiving corps.
Edwards notched to post 3,045 receiving yards and score 22 touchdowns through three seasons with the Gamecocks. His stats aren’t amazing, but he played in the SEC, which has some of the best competition around.
Edwards size is one of an ideal big target. His 6’3” frame makes him a threat to haul down the ball when covered by smaller defensive backs. His physicality and strength deters press coverage and he has the range to be used at all three levels. South Carolina had underwhelming quarterback play, but he remained productive throughout college.
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Tyrell Williams is already filling the big receiver role, and Ruggs will likely play opposite him. That means Edwards could have to battle it out with Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller for attention in the passing game. That doesn’t make it seem like he’ll be a priority, and I can’t see him rising higher than WR3 for Oakland.
Edwards’ doesn’t have speed or superb route running. His stature could help him have a long career, but none of his skills are can be defined as elite. In time he could grow into a WR2, but it’s unlikely that he’ll ever be the top option for a receiving corps.