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By Billy Wellner

Here is my evaluation of Appalachian State senior QB Armanti Edwards in two sentences: Armanti Edwards is a beast. Armanti Edwards is a legitimate NFL quarterback prospect, not a wide receiver.

Why? Well, for starters he has all the intangibles — he's tough, he's a winner, he plays with poise and tremendous confidence, and he has outstanding awareness. And physically? Don't even get me started on that. Height (5-11) aside, Edwards is blessed with outstanding mobility and a cannon for an arm. The kid throws strikes.

Case in point: Edwards made what could have been the play of the year at the 1:04 mark of the second quarter vs. McNeese State. With a defender on his tail, Edwards took off toward the left sideline. It's at this point that 99 out of 100 quarterbacks either run out of bounds, throw the ball out of bounds, or dump off a throw to the near side of the field.

What did Edwards do? Well for starters, he kept his eyes downfield. Then, he somehow managed to see a receiver streaking down the complete other side of the field. With a defender now bearing down on him, Edwards set his feet for a split-second and hurled a Brett Favre-esque 40-yard bomb from the left sideline, across his body, and across the field, into the endzone, hitting the receiver right in stride. The receiver ended up dropping the miraculous throw, but the uncanny field vision Edwards displayed on that singular play was jaw-dropping.

I'm not only on the Armanti Edwards-as-an-NFL-quarterback bandwagon, I'm driving the damn thing. Two inches taller and he's a first-round pick. He's not sliding past Round Two.


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