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Bryan Edwards NFL draft profile and fantasy projection

We profile South Carolina’s Bryan Edwards and project his fantasy football impact ahead of the 2020 season.

 South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Bryan Edwards runs for yards after the catch against the Appalachian State Mountaineers during the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

A wideout like Bryan Edwards shouldn’t struggle to garner attention from multiple NFL teams. The South Carolina product has a 6’3” frame and weighs in at 212 pounds. He’s rated lower than other big targets like Tee Higgins and Denzel Mims, but still has the potential to be a key contributor in his first NFL season.

Edwards wasn’t the most productive player in college. But he did manage to post 3,045 receiving yards and score 22 touchdowns through three seasons while playing in the competitive SEC.

Scouting Report

Edwards size is an obvious plus, as it makes him a threat to haul down the ball when contested by smaller defensive backs. His physicality and strength deters press coverage and he has the range to be used at all three levels. All this was evident while dealing with inconsistency under center, so he could be better with a more quality signal caller.

Edwards could benefit from refining his route-running skills to create more separation, as well as his release. He also has a habit of letting the ball get to his body too much. Extending and bringing passes in with his hands will help limit pass breakups at the next level.

Consistently productive, four-year starter with size to fight for tight-window throws and speed to challenge over the top. Edwards is capable of eluding press for quick releases into routes and strong enough to fight back against grabby coverage at the top of the route. His quick acceleration creates early vertical windows for quarterbacks, but he needs to get better at bodying up and controlling the 50/50 catch space. — NFL Network’s Lance Zierlein

Edwards shows some strong nuance to aid his route running ability and has physically dominant tendencies at the catch point. If he can sure up his hands, his ceiling grows. —The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs.

Mock Draft Results

Mel Kiper, ESPN: Out of first round
Daniel Jeremiah, Out of first round
Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports: Third round or later
Doug Farrar, Touchdown Wire: Out of first round

Fantasy impact: Rookie year

Edwards isn’t receiving a ton of hype and will likely be a day three selection. But whatever team he does land on could get a steal. Calling him a potential Week 1 starter is a stretch. There’s a better chance of Edwards landing in a WR3 or WR4 role on his team. He’s a player you monitor after your season-long fantasy draft as a potential waiver wire target.

Fantasy impact: Career

Edwards’ doesn’t rely on a a ton of burst. 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.