Playmaker Edwards makes his No. 1 pitch

"A quarterback touches the ball every play, but it's harder with a QB because let's say it doesn't pan out. Now your franchise is in a terrible rut. If your receiver doesn't pan out... Well, in this case it won't happen (laughter). I am a playmaker and I make plays. I have been doing it for three years and have played everywhere from the Big 10, to the SEC and Big 12. I have fun on big stages. We have played in the West Coast Offense and I think it would be a really good fit." -- Braylon Edwards

Q: When did you begin thinking you had the chance to be the first pick in the draft?

Edwards: Pretty much the entire season. It was my goal to be the No. 1 receiver taken and I always have high goals. That is how my receivers coach taught me to be. I want to be the No. 1 player taken and that would be something special. Being the No. 1 player shows what you have done for your career and also what you are capable of. It means I have done what I am supposed to do for the last four years. There is pressure, but it is something that you have to be used to. You have to deal with pressure whether it games or academics.

Q: Do you see anything that can happen that will show you will or won't be the No. 1 pick?

Edwards: A lot of scenarios could happen. You have three or four guys that can be the No. 1 pick. In my case it looks real good right now. San Francisco has a great organization.

Q: Can you talk about the window of the whole process of being interviewed?

Edwards: You have to have focus and concentration. For two months, you are working out at a combine or a pro day. When you are in a combine, it is like you are playing in a big game. You have to prepare yourself as if you are playing your archrival. You have to be very serious and just relax and treat it as if it was a game. Then your pro day is next. You have to run the fastest and jump the highest that you can, but you can't put too much emphasis on that. You have to be relaxed.

Q: Have you gotten more relaxed with the process as you have gone along?

Edwards: Definitely. Michigan gets you really involved with the media. I have been doing it for three years now. It is fun to talk with the teams and media.

Q: What other teams have you worked out for or interviewed with?

Edwards: Tennessee, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco and I will talk to Minnesota on Wednesday.

Q: What are your thoughts on the debate of picking a quarterback over a wide receiver because they have a greater impact on the game?

Edwards: A quarterback touches the ball every play, but it is harder with a quarterback because let's say it doesn't pan out. Now your franchise is in a terrible rut. Now you are spending four or five years in a downward spiral as opposed to let's say a receiver. If your receiver doesn't pan out... Well, in this case it won't happen (laughter). If he doesn't pan out, you can put him on the bench. I am a playmaker and I make plays. I have been doing it for three years and have played everywhere from the Big 10, to the SEC and Big 12. I have fun on big stages. We have played in the West Coast Offense and I think it would be a really good fit.

Q: What are your thoughts on veteran 49ers receiver Brandon Lloyd?

Edwards: I don't know him, but I played against him. He was there my sophomore year when I went to Illinois. He runs very good routes.

Q: Do you feel you were destined for this moment?

Edwards: My mother always told me I was destined for something special. My father played in college and the NFL. He has given me tidbits here and there and he has always coached me on what kind of person to be off the field. My father has been my coach my whole life.

Q: What are your thoughts on the 49ers' organization?

Edwards: So far the people have been nice. Anthony Adams is a good friend of mine and he has been like a big brother to me. He likes the organization. They have not had a winning season, but there is not bickering between players. I definitely think this team is not far away and I would love to be in a city like this.

Q: What are your thoughts on 49ers wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan?

Edwards: Coach Sullivan is a very good guy. He actually ran my pro day. He seems like a great coach and a great teacher. That is actually very important for a young guy coming in. Sometimes, you don't get good teachers right away and it hurts you. You need a good teacher to prepare you.

Q: Do you see yourself as a Terrell Owens-type receiver?

Edwards: I believe I am a Terrell Owens-type of receiver in that I have an attitude when I play. When you play you have to have that confident workhorse attitude. You have to think you can make a play whenever your team needs it. T.O. is a tremendous ballplayer and a game-time player. I don't think he has gotten enough credit for what he did in the Super Bowl last season. The bottom line is that he makes plays.

Q: Does it bother you when everyone says you are the best player in the draft, but may not be the first selection?

Edwards: No. It doesn't bother me. I understand politics. I understand that sometimes it is not about the best, but what a team needs. You might be the best available player, but if you are sorely lacking a defensive tackle and there are some pretty good receivers, then you will probably pick a tackle. Just to be rated No. 1, that means enough to me. It is not about where you go, but what you do when you get there. I look to make my mark wherever I go.

Q: What are your thoughts on quarterbacks Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers?

Edwards: I talked to Alex Smith yesterday. I have met them a couple of times in various events. They are both good guys. We met at the combine and hung out on an ESPN shoot in New York.


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