Defensive tackle Malcolm Bennett, quarterback Armanti Edwards, tight end Tim Frye, defensive back Cortez Gilbert, linebacker Jacque Roman and defensive tackle Anthony Williams worked out for representatives of 10 NFL teams in attendance at the Appalachian Athletics Center, Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility and Kidd Brewer Stadium. The Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins were the NFL teams on hand to evaluate the former Mountaineers.
Edwards, the only two-time winner of the Walter Payton Award (given to the nation’s top NCAA Division I FCS player) and the first player in Division I history (FCS or FBS) to pass for 10,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards in a career, drew the most attention from the scouts and the multitude of media outlets on hand for a post-workout press conference with the prospects. In addition to the standard “combine” drills, Edwards participated in on-field activities at quarterback, wide receiver and punt returner during his first full workout for pro scouts. A minor hamstring injury limited him to only throwing drills at the NFL Scouting Combine last month in Indianapolis.
According to him and ASU director of strength and conditioning Mike Kent, Edwards ran the 40-yard dash in the range of 4.4 seconds, attained a 34.5-inch vertical jump and lifted 225 pounds 13 times. The various results compiled by the NFL teams in attendance for their respective organizations’ scouting efforts are not available.
Edwards told the assembled media that he is willing to play any position in the NFL and that teams continue to show interest in him at both quarterback and wide receiver. He also did not share a preference for any specific organization to be his future employer, stating candidly (and humorously) that “beggars can’t be choosers.”
He is the definition of “project”, but I love the idea of Edwards being drafted by the Chiefs. I’m still undecided if he has the chops to be a quarterback at this level, but I am confident that he has the talent to help somewhere on the field. I can only imagine what Todd Haley and Charlie Weis would be able to do with his versatility once he catches up to the speed of the NFL.
Other than his size (5-11) one of the bigger knocks on Edwards was that he didn’t have top end speed, which he may have put to rest if the majority of teams clocked his 40 under 4.5.
With someone like Edwards it’s almost impossible to get a read on where his draft stock is right now, but I would have no problem if Scott Pioli used the Chiefs third and final pick in the fifth round to bring in the former Mountaineer.