UPDATED Draft Outlook: Braylon Edwards

Seven Wolverines are in attendance at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. And NFL analysts Allen Trieur and Josh Turel are at the Combine as special correspondents for GoBlueWolverine.<br><br> Here Josh's first draft report on <b>Braylon Edwards.</b><br>

(Update: Combine height/weight: 6-2.7, 211 lbs. He also did a good 22 bench press reps on 225 lbs.)

Braylon Edwards: Draft Outlook


Is a do it all type player from the receiver position. King of the jump ball, is extremely determined when going up for the ball and his concentration seems to really improve in a jump situation. Has deep speed and the ability to outrun a majority of defensive backs who don't have over the top help in man coverage. Great size, uses his frame well and is an overall physical player both blocking and shielding defensive backs. Experienced using "option" routes which are frequently used in west coast and other systems in the NFL. Really has developed into a great zone coverage buster, understands the concepts and dead areas of zone coverage and finds open spots well. Tremendous body control and route running ability, makes sharp cuts and has good explosion in and out of cuts and has a smooth gear down. Excellent body flexibility to adjust to throws and has the ridiculous ability to take the ball away from defensive backs (something we don't grade kids on, kind of like a new category!). Threat after the catch, is physical and will power his way for extra yards and can make moves to get into the open field. Three years starting experience in a pro style offense and has matured ten fold since coming to Michigan. Durable player.


Somewhat careless with the football, needs to tuck the ball which should cut down on his fumbles. Does drop some easy ones but one must also consider the ball was thrown his way a lot and his hands have improved.


Braylon Edwards is no question a top five talent and the most NFL ready player in the draft next to Antrel Rolle. Braylon was a man among boys at the college level and has no real weakness that would warrant concern at the next level. From the front office people I've spoken with the question of where he will go is still up in the air but there are plenty of possibilities. The San Diego Chargers are looking to add a big time receiver in the draft and are very high on Edwards; they also have two picks in the first round to use as trade bait (the 12th and 28th picks). The Randy Moss trade and Porter resigning killed Oakland's once big interest to land Braylon. Don't expect the Moss-less Vikings to chase a wideout either with their high pick, they will likely sign free agent receiver Mushin Muhammed and take a defensive lineman with the 7th pick which will probably be Shawne Merriman. The thing to watch is who will be the Chargers dance partner in all this. San Francisco, Cleveland and Miami are all the likely trade partners. The Browns are looking to trade down and pick up Florida State offensive tackle Alex Barron and he should be there at 12. There is an outside chance if the 49ers trade with the Chargers, Braylon could go #1 overall but in my opinion the Chargers won't have to go that far up, but they may have to if other teams attempt to trade up for him. Also the Bears are in heavy for a wide receiver, and my guess is Braylon or USC wide out Mike Williams will not fall past them. Tennessee is in position at number six for Braylon should be slip out of the top five (not likely). If I had to guess today, look for him to go #3 to the Chargers in a trade with the Browns.

NFL Comparison:

Very tough to compare to a player of today but he reminds me of a Eric Moulds from 2002, or a David Boston of 2001 (without the poor attitude or steroid arms). Like Moulds of 02', Braylon is a great athlete in terms of speed, vertical and body control. Like Boston, Braylon is the new type of athlete in the NFL, the big, physical and fast receiver like a Terrell Owens, which is why his stock is so high.


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The Combine Week Schedule (from MGoBlue.com):

Following is the NFL Network's daily schedule of workouts of the two-hour daily window:

Feb. 26 -- Offensive Linemen, Running Backs
Feb. 27 -- Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Running Backs
Feb. 28 -- Tight Ends, Defensive Linemen
March 1 -- Linebackers, Defensive Backs

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