WR Armanti Edwards is picking up on his new position.
Nobody on Carolina's roster is getting more attention at this weekend's minicamp, and for a good reason. The former Appalachian State quarterback is the Panthers' biggest draft gamble.
Indeed, the wiry, speedy, elusive QB who engineered the Mountaineers' stunning upset of Michigan in 2007 and delivered two FCS national championships, is not behind center anymore. The 5-foot-11, 182-pound Edwards is running routes as a receiver, something he hasn't done since his junior year of high school. He's also fielding punts for the first time in his life.
Few expected Edwards to go so high in the draft, or have a team go to such lengths to take the only player in NCAA Division I history to pass for 10,000 yards and rush for 4,000 more. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney was so determined to get Edwards that he traded next year's second-round pick to New England for the Patriots third-round choice, where they snagged the Greenwood, S.C., native.
There's no doubting Edwards' athletic ability and the Panthers gave up a lot to get him, which should mean playing time. Fantasy-wise, things will surely have to shake out a bit more before he's drafted in your league, but he's a name to keep in the back of your head, even as a waiver wire pickup.