Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dolphins interview Houston WR Patrick Edwards at Senior Bowl

In the first report of the offseason connecting the Miami Dolphins to a 2012 NFL Draft prospect, Ben Volin tweeted Sunday evening that the team interviewed former Houston wide receiver Patrick Edwards at the Senior Bowl today.

A former walk-on to the University of Houston, Edwards gained national attention for an unfortunate reason as a freshman in 2008 when he suffered a compound fracture of his leg after hitting a parked motorized cart beyond the end zone at Marshall. (You can see video of the injury here, but trust me, it's pretty gruesome and you might not want to watch it.)

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Edwards was able to rebound and surpassed 1,000 yards receiving in 2009. He continued that trend over the next two seasons, capped off by a monstrous senior campaign in 2011 with 89 receptions for 1,752 yards (19.7 average) and 20 touchdowns. As quarterback Case Keenum's favorite target, Edwards helped the Cougars rank first in the national in total offensive yards, passing yards, and points per game.

Although he certainly doesn't seem to be slowed by the horrific injury he suffered as a freshman, Edwards is not the pro prospect his collegiate stats would lead you to believe. He has sub-4.5 speed but is significantly undersized and is really the product of Houston's air raid offense rather than a naturally dominant receiver.

Draft grades of Edwards fall a bit all over the place. has Edwards as the No. 51 receiver and No. 430 overall prospect in the 2012 class, but (No. 18 receiver) and (No. 252 overall) are a bit more generous.

Edwards clearly profiles as a late-round pick at best, however, and could potentially even go undrafted. The latter would certainly give him a chance to the Dolphins, but even if he does end up in Miami he'll have a difficult time making the roster as a physically-limited slot receiver.

Follow all the Dolphins' draft prospect interactions with the 2012 NFL Draft player interest tracker here!