Putting in a claim for quarterback Trent Edwards is something we all expected the Jacksonville Jaguars to make, but who is this dreamy eyed prince who once rallied to beat the Jaguars?
I was able to get a hold of Brian Galliford of BuffaloRumblings.com to give us a scouting report of the former Buffalo Bills quarterback.
Pros: Very accurate passer with good mechanics. Has prototypical size, and while he doesn't have a huge arm, it's strong enough to make most throws required of a standard NFL offense. Smart kid that won't have any trouble picking up a playbook quickly. Has enough athleticism to make nice throws on the move.
Cons: Hyper-conservative player that is unwilling to take many risks, even in desperate moments. Does not sense pressure in the pocket very well, and offers very little in the way of escapability or creativity. Deep throws tend to float. Struggles to fit balls into tight throwing windows on the rare occasion that he takes those shots. Questionable football IQ; still struggles to read defenses at an acceptable level, particularly in pre-snap diagnosis.
Outlook: Give Edwards a clean pocket, a strong game plan and a few weapons, and he'll play well enough to give your team a chance to win. At his peak, he is a solid game manager; think somewhere between the 2006 and 2007 versions of David Garrard, and that is Edwards' ceiling. He is not the type of player that can win games by himself; he needs to have a very competent supporting cast, and an opportunistic defense wouldn't hurt, either. He's ideal for a West Coast offense, where a horizontal, ball-control passing attack would accentuate his accuracy and his conservative nature.
Ain't he cute?