Jaguars Schedule a Workout

It's that time of the year. The time for teams to schedule their workouts with draft prospects and pro days. JagNation will have all of the information on who the Jaguars are bringing in and where they are attending. They've scheduled their first workout with a former FCS star. Find out who they're bringing in.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have scheduled a workout with Appalachian State's star quarterback, Armanti Edwards. Edwards is a 5'11", 187 pound athlete who played quarterback for the Mountaineers. Most will remember Edwards for his stunning upset of the University of Michigan in their house, but Edwards led the Mountaineers to four consecutive Southern Conference championships and two national titles.

"I don't think just that one game got me here, but it got our school itself national exposure," Edwards said of the signature victory over Michigan.

He won the Walter Payton Award as a junior and senior. He was the first player to ever win the award twice, which is the FCS equivilent of the Heisman Trophy.

"It's a great honor," the former App State quarterback said of the Walter Payton Award. "It's an individual accomplishment, but you wouldn't be able to get it without the help of your teammates."

Edwards spoke about his collegiate accomplishments.

"I have a lot of pride in what I accomplished," Edwards said. "It takes a lot of hard work. I accomplished a lot back in college, and I'm grateful for it."

Edwards left Appalachian State having started 49 of 51 games, completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 10,392 yards, throwing 74 touchdowns, 33 interceptions, and running for 4,631 yards and 56 touchdowns. He joined current New York Jet wide receiver Brad Smith as the only other player in Division 1 history to throw for 8,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards. His kind of production is hard for scouts to look past. He has plenty of arm strength to make all of the NFL throws and is very accurate on the short and intermediate routes, however most scouts do not view him as an NFL quarterback. Edwards is extremely elusive in the pocket and a constant threat to leave the pocket and run on his own. He posesses great agility that makes him a big time threat with the football in his hands, which is why a lot of NFL teams like his potential as an offensive playmaker and kick returner, similar to the aforementioned Brad Smith and Cleveland Browns receiver Joshua Cribbs. Edwards is known for his clutch play and poise in crucial situations. He is also not only athletic, but intelligent. Edwards graduated from Appalachian State in only 3 and a half years.

Edwards spoke about his willingness to play a position other than quarterback.

"If you really love the game, you'll play any position the coach wants you to. I'm up for any position they're looking at me at."

Edwards was not able to run at the NFL combine due to a strained hamstring, but it is reported that a few weeks prior he ran in the 4.49 range.

"I wanted to run my 40 here because everybody is up here," a disappointed Edwards said about not being able to run at the combine. "Only a select few will come to the pro day. It would have been really good if I was able to run here."

He's listed as a quarterback, but it's believed most teams in the NFL plan to use him as a wide receiver, runningback, or kick returner. Obviously some teams will work him out at the quarterback position, likely to gauge his potential as a "wildcat" option for teams.

"A lot of teams are looking at the wildcat, so that'll give me the opportunity to be back there and show what I can do."

The Jaguars are working Edwards out as a return specialist, as they simply don't have anyone on the roster that plays special teams with game-breaking speed.

Alfie Crow is a contributor to JagNation.com and also the co-host of CB Sports Radio on ESPN 1420 in St. Augustine, FL. You can contact him at alfie@jagnation.com or follow him on twitter @alfiecrow


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