Predicting the short-term and long-term impact of Raiders rookie class
Round 3, Pick No. 81: South Carolina WR Bryan Edwards
One of the bigger storylines this summer has been the play of wide receiver Bryan Edwards, who the Raiders took immediately after Lynn Bowden Jr. with the No. 81 overall pick. Since putting on the Silver and Black, Edwards has been explosive at practice, and is another guy who is drawing rave reviews from coaches and teammates alike.
During his time at South Carolina, Edwards dominated the SEC, finishing his career as the school’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards. An injury cut short his final season at school, and then he had another injury leading up to the draft, which is why this first round talent slipped to the third round.
This summer, Edwards has shown he can make all the catches, and he looks nothing like a rookie when he puts the pads on. I expect him to come out of camp as a starter for the Raiders, giving the team two rookies in the starting lineup, especially with veteran Tyrell Williams trying to gut his way and play with a torn labrum.
- Short-Term: Starting X opposite fellow rookie Henry Ruggs III
- Pro Bowl ability, possibly an All-Pro player before all is said and done