Edwards Fights Terrell comparisons

The Bears have made it clear they want an offensive playmaker with the fourth pick in the draft. Michigan WR Braylon Edwards would seem like a perfect fit in Chicago, but the team hasn't had a lot of luck with another former Wolverine receiver.

On the surface, David Terrell and Braylon Edwards have a lot in common. They both stand six-foot-3 and played receiver at Michigan while wearing No. 1. Terrell was the eighth player chosen in the 2001 draft and Edwards is likely to be among the first ten players off the board this April.

However, that's where Edwards wants the comparisons to stop.

"I'm a guy that's different than Dave," Edwards said. "Dave is David Terrell and I'm Braylon Edwards. I'm not saying anything negative about Dave because Dave is a good person, I know him personally, but that's not me.

"Dave's from West Virginia; I'm from Detroit. Two different backgrounds, two different upbringings and Dave is going to be who Dave is and I'm going to be who I am."

Edwards has had the benefit of having a father that spent six years in the NFL, which has kept him focused on the ultimate goal of playing professionally.

That wasn't always the case. Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr didn't consider Edwards a worthy recruit until his senior year in high school. When he got to Michigan he requested to wear No. 1 and Carr told him he would have to earn it, which didn't go over well with Edwards.

During his freshman year, Edwards was suspended because his cell phone went off during a team meeting.

Edwards began to turn things around during his junior campaign after talk with Carr following a comeback victory over Minnesota. He took it up another notch in 2004 when he was named the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver.

The question is if Edwards the player he appears to be now, or the underclassman that was accused of taking plays off and having a "me first" attitude.

"He's performed at a high level at a major university week in and week out," said head coach Lovie Smith. "He's got a lot of confidence; I could go on and on. What can you complain about, as far as what I know about him, it's all good."

GM Jerry Angelo doesn't see the comparisons to Terrell as a knock on Edwards.

"We judge players on what they do, not on where they come from," Angelo said. "We like David Terrell so I'm going to treat that as a strongpoint."

Like most elite players, Edwards didn't run the forty at the combine. However, he said he expects to run the drill in under 4.4 seconds, which would make him nearly impossible to defend with single coverage because he's also blessed with great leaping ability.

Edwards made several acrobatic receptions throughout his career, which were capsulated in a three-touchdown performance against rival Michigan State in the '04 regular season finale.

"You're going to get a guy who's a team guy, who loves to make plays, will be there in the clutch, the face of the team," Edwards said of what the team that drafts him will get.

The Bears are lacking an identity on offense. While adding Edwards could not be deemed as a complete makeover, it would give the Bears a downfield threat they desperately need.

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