Draft Day Target: WR Braylon Edwards

SilverStarDigest takes an in-depth look at one of the most prolific wide receivers to ever come out of the Big Ten in Michigan WR Braylon Edwards. <BR>

SilverStarDigest.com continues its look at the top draft prospects for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2005 NFL Draft by taking a closer look at Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards.

Edwards, who stands in at 6-feet-2.5 inches tall, weighs 209 pounds, and runs a 4.5 forty yard dash, is currently ranked as the No. 2 wide receiver available in the draft by Scout.com.

During his senior season in Ann-Arbor, Edwards brought in a mind-boggling 97 receptions for 1330 yards and 15 touchdowns. He became the first player in Big Ten history and the ninth individual in NCAA Division 1-A receiver to have three 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

"Edwards is a physically impressive pass catcher who can be a one-man show and dominant force," notes NFL Draft Expert Tony Pauline.

"He's relatively quick releasing off the line of scrimmage, deceptively fast, and can stretch opposing defenses vertically. He also has tremendous vertical leap, climbing to snare the high ball. He can adjusts to the errant throw or deep pass and makes the reception in contorted positions."

"Edwards is a physically impressive pass catcher who can be a one-man show and dominant force," notes NFL Draft Expert Tony Pauline.
As documented here on SilverStarDigest now for the last two weeks, the Cowboys have several immediate needs that must be addressed this offseason. One of those needs is at wide receiver, where the team must figure out a way to add more playmakers before the 2005 campaign.

Edwards, along with Southern Cal's Mike Williams, and Oklahoma's Mark Clayton, is one of the top wide outs available this year- but he may be the most prolific when it comes to sheer talent and ability.

"He can look like a highlight reel at times, said Pauline. "He can make the tough reception on third down in the short field yet also can break games open with long gainers down the flanks. He heeds to smooth out the rough edges yet a prospect with a great amount of upside potential who could blossom into a Pro Bowler at the next level."

Again, with the Cowboys possessing two first round draft picks this year, anything is possible.

However, Edwards is a player that would likely be gone with the Cowboys second pick. In fact, he may not even be there when the Cowboys go the clock with the 11th overall selection.

With that being said, does Edwards realistically fit into the Cowboys draft plans?

Good question, and here's a look at some possible answers.

For starters, a lot can still come out during the NFL Combine next month. The Cowboys, along with every other NFL team, should have the opportunity to evaluate Edwards along with the top two other wide outs already listed above.

Second, Edwards may need some work with his fundamentals.

"He can lack focus at times," adds Pauline. "He could also stand to improve his route running; He can be choppy into breaks and not sharp. And he's got to do a better job of coming back to the quarterback and helping out."

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