Bryan Edwards admits he felt underrated throughout the pre-NFL Draft scouting process. For a receiver with a quiet-yet-productive on-field demeanor, Edwards felt showcasing his on-field abilities at the combine, as well as at a South Carolina Pro Day and individual team workouts, would have helped him rise up draft boards.
But a lingering foot injury kept him from participating in the Gamecocks’ final two regular-season games and the combine, on top of the Pro Day and team workouts being canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Edwards was not given that opportunity.
“But I feel everything worked out for the best,” Edwards said Friday night.
At the combine the former South Carolina receiver had a sit-down interview with leadership of the Las Vegas Raiders, a group that included general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden. They hit it off, and on Friday the Raiders chose Edwards with the No. 81 overall pick (third round) of the 2020 NFL Draft.
“I’m just going to come in and work. I’m just going to do my part and do all I can. That’s all you really can do with competition is just show yourself,” Edwards said.
“I just feel like I’m a playmaker. I feel like I can make plays with the ball in my hands said. I can win 50-50 balls and I can help the team win.”
Shortly after the comment, Edwards was reminded by a reporter that he broke a resounding 27 tackles in college.
“It’s just the mindset that I play with. I won’t let one person tackle me,” Edwards said. “I want to get as many yards as I can with the ball in my hands. I want to score every time I touch the ball.”