NFL rumors: Raiders had first-round grade on receiver Bryan Edwards

All the talk about the Raiders' design class for 2020 is about Henry Ruggs (# 12) and Damon Arnette (# 19). Understandably.
But the silver and black found a gem in the third round when they selected South Carolina recipient Bryan Edwards with overall selection # 81. Edwards, 6-foot-3, 212 pounds, is considered by many to be theft of the design. He was one of the most physically talented broadband receivers in a loaded class, but a broken foot in front of the NFL Scouting Combine made him slide over train boards. This benefited the Raiders, as Silver and Black had talent for the first round, according to NFL insider Adam Caplan Edwards.
When you turn on the tape, you can easily see why coaches Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock love Edwards. He is as competitive as they come and has built impressive numbers in four years of SEC competition.
"He leaves South Carolina as the statistically best receiver who has ever played here," said South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp, told Raiders.com about Edwards. "There were some great players - Sterling Sharpe, Alshon Jeffrey - who played here in South Carolina. Robert Brooks, who also coached Gruden. First impression, he'll light up the room with his smile. He doesn't." I say a lot. He is a worker. He is a tall, physical type. It is a difficult matchup in smaller corners and certainly in terms of security. He's a mismatched guy. Because of its physicality, its length, its sportiness, it is not a 50-50 ball with Bryan Edwards. It's more of an 80-20 if he wants to get the soccer ball. "
Edwards is the "X" receiver once he's healthy and used to the NFL. That will probably not come until the 2021 season, but the large body receiver can also play a role in 2020. It can be a weapon in the red zone for back-and-shoulder throws, or it can move inwards and be a large slot that can bully smaller nickel corners on slopes and deep ins.
But the really exciting thing about Edwards' potential is that the Raiders may have snapped someone with the # 1 receptivity 30-50 points lower than they should have gone, and he's a competitive catch-maven that continues after the Catches distinction.
Jon Ledyard

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I forgot that Bryan Edwards once attacked teammate Amik Robertson in a game
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This Bryan Edwards hook was possibly the catch of the year at College Football @ B__ED89

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The guy has great body control and a pretty good YAC ability too
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Just throw it up, Carr
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Alex Johnson
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South Carolina WR Bryan Edwards

48% dominator
17.8 (!!) outbreak age
4% drop rate
7.6 YAC / rec
19 career PRs
50% receive TD Share
6-3 212 lbs

11.5 YPR
Don't declare early
50.7% of the revenue in 2019 was screens
8.5 average target distance
Incomplete athletic profile
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Edwards averaged 7.5 meters after the catch, which finished fifth in the class behind CeeDee Lamb, Brandon Aiyuk, Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy.
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The combination of Ruggs and Edwards gives the Raiders two dynamic playmakers who have the ability to change the game with the ball in hand. Quarterback Derek Carr's arsenal was devastated last season when Antonio Brown requested release before week 1 and Tyrell Williams fought plantar fascitis from week 2. This put the Raiders' offensive behind the eighth ball when they fought in third place in the red zone and lacked the ability to create explosive games outside of Darren Waller. Losing Brown was a hit for the 2019 season, but silver and black are better off in the long run with the dynamic game duo of Ruggs and Edwards.
With Ruggs and Edwards, Waller, Williams, Hunter Renfrow and Josh Jacobs, Carr will have a full arsenal with which he can break down opposing defenses.
Edwards might not show up in 2020, but make no mistake, the ceiling is high for the Raiders' latest weapon.
NFL rumors: Raiders had a grade in the first round for recipient Bryan Edwards, who originally appeared in the NBC Sports Bay Area

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