Mike Williams ran a 4.5 last year in a private workout. Â Just so you know, Terrell Owens also ran a 4.5 during the NFL combine, actually Mike Williams is a very similar reciever to Andre Johnson or Terrell Owens. Edwards has had a decent college career, but had lesser stats than either Howard or Terrell in college. Â I think the position player/school comparison is very valid because it shows how a school develops that position, if they don't succeed in the NFL, while being successful in college, it could certainly have a lot to do with the system/scheme they played in. Â I think Edwards is actually going to be a pretty good player in the NFL (along the lines of a Michael Clayton, Keary Colbert type of player) as opposed to Williams, who will be a Johnson/Owens type of player, who could take a 5 yard pass and turn it into a 80 yard TD. Â Edwards is not Roy Williams or Larry Fitzgerald, and shouldn't be drafted as such.
I had heard the 4.5 was hand timed, which if it was, means it is really a 4.6 or worse. Isnt Andre Johnshon a blazer? He just finished 2nd in the NFL fastest man competition. I am still not a strong buyer of the college postion / NFL success correlation. To keep using the Michigan analogy if John Navarre turns into and Pro Bowl QB like Tom Brady, Elvis Grbac, or Brian Griese then I am on board...but until then... From a statistical standpoint Edwards actually had a better career than either Howard or Terrell. I guess the bottom line is that we will find out who the NFL scouts agree with on draft day... Terrell: Season\tRecp\tYds\tYds/Recp\tTD 1998\t14\t149\t10.6\t2 1999\t71\t1038\t14.6\t7 2000\t67\t1130\t16.9\t14 Career\t152\t2317\t15.2\t23 \t\t\t\t\t Howard:\t\t\t\t Season\tRecp\tYds\tYds/Recp\tTD 1989\t9\t136\t15.1\t2 1990\t63\t1025\t16.3\t11 1991\t62\t985\t15.9\t19 Career\t134\t2146\t16\t32 \t\t\t\t Edwards:\t\t\t Season\tRecp\tYds\tYds/Recp\tTD 2001\t3\t38\t12.7\t0 2002\t67\t1035\t15.4\t10 2003\t85\t1138\t13.4\t14 2004\t97\t1330\t13.7\t15 Career\t252\t3541\t14.1\t39