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23 Days of Draftmas: South Carolina WR Bryan Edwards

If Edwards falls to the third round, general manager Brett Veach and the Chiefs should be the ones to catch him.

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A very merry Draftmas to you! We continue our tradition of profiling an NFL Draft prospect every day in April, leading up to the NFL Draft on April 23rd. Every day, you’ll get a prospect profile that includes how they would fit with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bryan Edwards, WR

NFL Combine - Day 2

6’2” | 212 lbs | South Carolina

Conway, SC

Grade (round): Third

Expected Draft Range: Day three

One-sentence bio: 2019 first-team All-SEC and team captain who won a strength and condition award while playing for the Gamecocks.

One-sentence scouting report: Big, physical wide receiver with good football character and work ethic who is tough after the catch.

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How he fits in Kansas City: Edwards is coming off a broken foot that hampered his ability to participate in the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. That is very likely going to hurt his draft stock next week — as Edwards will likely have to wait until longer than he should to hear his name called. That could mean great value for the Chiefs at pick 96 or later.

Edwards would be a potentially great value as a future X receiver for the Chiefs. They will need someone who can get off press coverage on the line of scrimmage, and Edwards has the build and potential to be that guy. The way Sammy Watkins — the player he’d likely replace — operates after the catch is similar to Edwards. He’s physical with excellent balance through contact at the second level. He’s a competitive player with the ball in the air and with the ball in his hands. He would’ve tested well at the NFL Combine had he had the opportunity to — with good speed and burst.

Edwards is a hard worker with high football character. He shouldn’t have a problem playing special teams while he learns the Chiefs’ offense. Kansas City is a perfect situation for him. He’d have time to get healthy without being relied on too much early. He’d be in a high-powered offense with a quarterback that could maximize his talents. With the Chiefs departures at wide receiver in 2020, there are significant snaps for him to earn in 2021.

I would love to see the Chiefs try to snatch up Edwards at pick 96. In a different draft, he’d go much earlier. The problem for him is there is a lot of talented receivers without medical red flags that are going to have fewer questions. If Edwards falls, the Chiefs should seize the opportunity to introduce a great fit into their offense.

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