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Patrick Edwards

Patrick Edwards - #83 - WR

Height: 5-9 1/4
Weight: 172
Speed: 4.58
Arm: 29 5/8
Hand: 8 3/8
Wingspan: 71 7/8
Birthdate: 10/25/1988
Hometown: Temple, TX
Grade: 5.23

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/19/2012 Houston Pro Day 5-9 3/8 167 8 5/8 30 70 1/4 4.58 5 9'10" 4.20 11.28 7.12
02/29/2012 Combine 5-9 1/4 172 8 3/8 29 5/8 71 7/8
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 5-8 7/8 168 8 1/2 29 3/8 71 1/4
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 5-9 1/4 178 8 1/2 29 7/8 71 4.45

 

Notes:

Also lettered in baseball and track as a Texas prep. Redshirted in 2007 after walking on. Earned a scholarship after starting the first eight games of the ’08 season at the outside “X” receiver, grabbing 46 passes for 634 yards (13.8-yard average) with four touchdowns. Missed the last five games after fracturing his right leg in two places against Marshall when he ran into a service cart parked just outside the endzone and subsequently sued Marshall and Conference USA after needing a rod inserted. Returned to play in all 14 games (12 starts at “X” receiver) in ’09 and hauled in 85-1,021-6 (12.0). Led the team in receiving in ’10 after posting 71-1,100-13 (15.5) in 12 starts at the “X” receiver. Also returned 15 punts for 231 yards (15.4-yard average) and one touchdown. Became the first Houston player to record three 1,000-yard receiving seasons in his career in ’11 after hauling in 89-1,752-20 (19.7) in 14 games (13 starts). Was also the main punt returner with 15-210-1 (14.0). Has 11 career fumbles. Did not work out at the Combine because of a right quad strain.

Positives:

Outstanding three-year production. Impact playmaking ability. Fluid and light on his feet. Explosive short-area burst. Accelerates instantly and flies in a straight line — has a knack for gaining a step vertically. Sudden and agile to separate vs. man coverage. Tracks the deep ball. Quick hands and terrific hand-eye coordination and concentration. Runs through the catch and can turn a short throw into a long gain. Has traits to be tried as a returner. Competitive, dependable and hardworking.

Negatives:

Undersized with small hands and short arms. Marginal weight-room strength and limited functional strength to fend off press coverage — is too easily rerouted. Shrinks in traffic and is not strong-handed. Lets throws into his body and has some concentration drops. Could stand to refine his route running (ran a limited tree). Production was inflated by spread system and poor passing defenses. Inconsistent fielding punts. Marginal blocker. Is not built to withstand a pounding, and durability could be an issue. 

Summary:

A former walk-on who bounced back from a gruesome compound leg fracture in 2008, Edwards is a small-framed, tight-skinned, finesse speedster who was simply too fast and explosive for Conference USA competition. Will have to be kept out of dangerous areas but has an intriguing combination of slot quickness and pure speed to stretch the field in a vertical system.


Patrick Edwards's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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