Route Tree - He's not the most dynamic on the boundary and will have a hard time getting corners to open their hips prematurely on his stems. His head fakes and hand fighting will boost his efforts when looking to break into space but he's primarily going to eat as a middle of the field receiver in the NFL.
Hands - Guilty of letting some balls get on top of him too quickly and will let the ball too far into his body on some targets. When forced to play above the rim, it's easy to like his catch radius and hand-eye coordination — just needs to iron out those throws where he's square to his passer to avoid bouncing off his chest.
Contested Catch Ability - He's super tough to uproot at the catch point and wins spacing like a low post player in basketball. He's pretty savvy to extend late and use his frame to shield the ball. Some spectacular catches with defenders on the body and several other near misses litter his tape as well.
RAC Ability - Was used frequently as a screen target and showcased good field vision to break loose. Only modest long speed but he's physical as a receiver and will physically challenge smaller defenders to try to tackle him one on one, often running through soft challenges and breaking and creating extra yards.
Football IQ - Long-established starter who wins where he wins and has developed helpful habits to help aid his lack of dynamic athleticism. He's pretty nuanced to fight leverage. At times ate courtesy of manufactured touch passes and screens, a testament to his play making skills with the ball in his hands.
Vertical Receiving Skills - Doesn't have the ideal burst or juice to stack press coverage unless he's able to win positioning with hand fighting and bump defenders off his frame. His ball tracking is pretty effective and his production would admittedly be better with more consistent deep passing at his disposal.
Change of Direction Ability - Hardly a jitterbug or fleet of foot. He carries his weight well on quick breaks when he's uncontested and is capable of parlaying some double moves (Georgia 2019) but his short area agility isn't an area where he's going to routinely break angles at the LOS or in the open field.
Speed - Needs a bit of a runway to get himself started before he's able to really shine. When he opens up his strides in the open field, he'll get a top speed that should work for breaking big gains but expecting him to roast corners off the LOS isn't overly realistic, given his functional speed.
Competitive Toughness - Appreciate his physical style of play. Not afraid of contact at the top of routes or at the catch point and seems to have some of his best reps when he's able to establish late separation with his frame. He's a terror for tiny corners to come up against in head up tackling situations.
Blocking Ability - Has effective grip strength and length to utilize as he clamps down on corners. He's "big boy'd" some corners near the goal line to set the hook and latch himself to inside leverage. Brings good effort and is plenty mobility to stalk block and quickly dip into preferred real estate before establishing a punch.
Best Trait - Physicality
Worst Trait - Separation
Best Film - Georgia (2019)
Worst Film - Clemson (2018)
Red Flags - None
Summary - Bryan Edwards projects as a strong candidate to serve as a complimentary starter at the NFL level. Edwards may be best off as a "big slot" target, he frequently won his routes from the slot as a middle of the field receiver and struggled most with separation when trying to press and sell vertically on the boundary. Edwards shows some strong nuance to aid his route running ability and has physically dominant tendencies at the catch point. If he can sure up his hands, his ceiling grows.