Turner has High Praise for Edwards

While new Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner was Illinois' head coach he had more than enough of competing against Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards. Now he wouldn't mind a chance to compete with him, and Edwards could be available when the Bears exercise the fourth overall pick in next month's draft.

"He's a great player," Turner recently said. "Unfortunately, I saw him up close and too personal at times. But I watched him develop throughout his career. He was a much better player his senior year than he was early. He got better every year."

His sub-4.5-second 40-yard dash times make him a better deep threat than Southern Cal's Mike Williams according to most scouts. He also has the experience of four years of college, while Williams played just two.

With Muhsin Muhammad on one side, a speed receiver could be the ideal complement for the Bears.

"I think you're always looking for that," Turner said. "With Bernard Berrian, hopefully he can develop. He's got that kind of speed. He's got that big-play capability, and if we get another one I'd be fine with that too."

Over the past two seasons, Edwards caught 172 passes for 2,359 yards and 26 touchdowns.

"I don't remember seeing a receiver play with the confidence that he played with his last two years," Turner said. "I think he's a spectacular player, a great competitor and a very tough kid."


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