Ripe for the Pickin'

The way the draft is shaping up, there's no telling if Braylon Edwards will be available when the Bears go on the clock with the fourth pick. But if the talented receiver is still on the board he would be the deep threat the offense lacks.

Edwards wants to set the record straight -- he's not David Terrell.

Even though they both attended Michigan and wore the same No. 1 jersey, Edwards says the comparisons stop there.

"I'm a guy that's different than Dave," Edwards said at the NFL combine in March. "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 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."

Bears fans remember Terrell all too well. The team's first pick in 2001 (No. 8 overall), Terrell never panned out in Chicago, where he was more of a disappointment and distraction than anything else. Terrell was waived in the offseason and recently signed with New England.

Edwards would love to play in Chicago and might get the opportunity. The Bears have the fourth pick in Saturday's NFL draft. Some say Edwards won't be around; some believe he could be there for the taking.

"The thing you like about Braylon Edwards, he played his whole career and he put up the numbers," Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said. "What you really like is he did it (last year) with a freshman quarterback and a freshman running back, and I thought he did a lot in terms of his play."

Edwards had three 1,000-yard receiving seasons in four years at Michigan. He also comes from good stock. His father Stan played at Michigan and was a running back for the Houston Oilers and Detroit Lions.

"I've always been around NFL-caliber guys my whole life," Edwards said. "(My dad) has always thrown the ball to me. I've done receiver things. A lot of things I see now, I saw in college -- a lot of drills, they're just the way things are being taught.

"I saw things when I was 12, 13, 14 years old. Just how my father had already been there, it meant a lot. It helped me a lot. It guided me along through college."

What Edwards has done off the field is almost as impressive as what he's accomplished on the field. He's intelligent, articulate and knows plenty of stats and history of NFL teams. Plus, he was virtually injury-free at Michigan and runs a sub-4.4 40-yard dash.

"I'd love to go to a city like Chicago," Edwards said. "A team that has so much tradition, from (Dick) Butkus to Gale Sayers to present day guys like (Brian) Urlacher. It's a great situation. I think Lovie Smith is going to turn that team around, turn that organization around. If it happens that way, I'd love to be in that situation."

The Bears signed Muhsin Muhammad in the offseason, but he's more of a possession receiver. With Edwards, the Bears would have the deep threat they've been longing for.


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