Name: Braylon Edwards
Age: 28 (7 years in the NFL)
Third overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft
Second Team All-Pro in 2007
2007 Pro Bowl
The name Braylon Edwards won't cause much fanfare among Patriots fans in Boston. Edwards has been an inconsistent player throughout his career. Patriots fans will know him from his time with the Jets where he has been a solid but unspectacular player.
Edwards isn't as big a star as Santonio Holmes or Sidney Rice but he fits a need for the team. Edwards has similar size to Randy Moss(6'4" 210) with the ability to run by defenders. His ability to stretch the field makes him a danger to defenses despite his inconsistent hands. Edwards gives the team exactly what they are looking for as far as the scheme goes.
Should he repeat his 17.1 average per catch from last season, he would free up space for possession receivers like Wes Welker and Deion Branch to excel underneath. For all of Edwards inconsistencies he has never played with an elite quarterback. Tom Brady proved his abilities to throw the deep ball when Moss was in New England and while he cannot fix Edwards' hands he can serve him with better accuracy.
The former Cleveland Browns receiver won't come at as big a cost as Holmes or Rice but also won't bring the consistency that those two players bring. Edwards would still fill an important role for the team despite not being as celebrated as others who are available.
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