Bryan Edwards – WR (South Carolina)
Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Bisi Johnson, and now Bryan Edwards?! Oh man, he would add another element to this passing game that would make Kirk Cousins and soon to be Justin Herbert look like future Hall of Famers. Edwards has the potential to be a second-round player, so falling to the fourth round here for the Vikings, it was a no-brainer to pull the trigger.
By no means would Edwards replace Diggs or Thielen and he may not even reach that level of success in the NFL, but the potential is clearly there for the South Carolina receiver.
He also adds a dimension to Minnesota’s passing offense that isn’t there. He’s a big-bodied receiver and he uses his mass extremely well. For a bigger receiver, he has some wheels and he uses these very well in his routes.
Edwards has the smarts to know when to accelerate and decelerate to confuse his defender. He’s a tremendous route runner and probably one of the tops in this class. He also has extremely strong hands and is able to use them to pluck the ball out of the air. When he’s in the air, he has a good torque-and-rip technique that makes him tough to defend when the ball is up for grabs.
The Vikings passing offense has thrived since Cousins entered the scene. But we’ve seen with Thielen going down with a hamstring injury this year, the depth in this receiver room is very thin.
Bisi Johnson has stepped up nicely and he looks to be a solid option, but he doesn’t look like someone who will eventually be the No. 2 receiver in Minnesota’s offense. Receiver is a clear need for the Vikings and the void would be filled tremendously by Edwards.