Bryan Edwards is heading to the desert.
On Friday night, the former South Carolina 6-3, 215-pound receiver was chosen by the Las Vegas Raiders with the No. 81 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Edwards becomes the first Gamecock selected by the Raiders since defensive tackle Jimmy Poston was selected in the 11th round of the 1971 draft.
He is the second Gamecock drafted so far, joining Javon Kinlaw. South Carolina has now produced multiple NFL Draft picks for the 10th time in the last 12 years and for the 17th time since 2000.
During his time at South Carolina, Edwards set the school records for career receptions (234), career receiving yards (3,045) and consecutive games with a catch (48). He also ranks third in school history with 22 career receiving touchdowns, one behind Sidney Rice and Alshon Jeffery.
“He had an unbelievable career here. I can’t say enough about his contributions to South Carolina, and he told me before the game how much it meant to be a Gamecock and how much he enjoyed his time here,” Gamecock head coach Will Muschamp said after his team’s final game this past season.
“… You know, in the recruiting process, exactly what I told Bryan was going to happen: You’re gonna walk out of here with every record at the University of South Carolina. I saw that, I envisioned that, and that’s what happened. So I’m really proud of him.”
During his college career he led all Power 5 schools and was third among all Division I receivers in career receptions and career receiving yards. This past season Edwards led the SEC with 7.1 receptions per game and ranked fourth with 81.6 receiving yards per game.