Last year it was West Virginia QB Pat White who was all the rage leading up to the draft due to his versatile skills and ability to run the Wildcat formation. This year, it’s Appalachian State QB Armanti Edwards who brings similar talents to the table.
Edwards, who led the Mountaineers to a national title in his freshman year, truly burst onto the national scene as a sophomore in 2007 when he led Appalachian State to a historic upset of host Michigan. He has continued to develop since then, and now finds himself a potential mid-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
He’s going to be one of those guys that will give defensive coordinators gray hairs trying to defend him, and he showed why with an exceptional workout at Appalachian State’s pro day on March 16.
Ravens receivers coach Jim Hostler and Eagles QB coach James Urban were on hand to watch Edwards and five other players work out indoors on FieldTurf.
Edwards (5-foot-11, 192 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 and 4.41 seconds, had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 3-inch broad jump, a 4.19-second short shuttle, a 6.74-second three-cone drill and did 13 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds. He also did position drills as both a quarterback and receiver.
Two other prospects were also worth monitoring.
CB Cortez Gilbert (5-10 5/8, 178) ran 4.59 and 4.62 in the 40, had a 38-inch vertical jump, a 9-7 broad jump, a 4.21 short shuttle, a 7.07 three-cone drill and 16 bench press reps.
LB Jacque Roman (5-11, 225) ran 4.74 and 4.77 in the 40, had a 27-inch vertical jump, an 8-10 broad jump, a 4.58 short shuttle, a 7.29 three-cone drill and did 18 bench press reps.
— Gil Brandt