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NFL Draft 2010 – Round 3 #25- Carolina- QB Armanti Edwards

Are the Panthers out of their mind? First they draft Jimmy Clausen, a quarterback that doesn’t have the tools to be a top line NFL quarterback, next they use a draft pick on someone to run the Wildcat offense. The Wildcat is a gimmick which the NFL is rapidly catching on to. A player selected just based on that is going to fail unless they have some other skills to play in the NFL. The Miami Dolphins selected Pat White in the 2009 Draft and I was critical of it at the time and we know how that worked out last year. writes- Pick Analysis: The Panthers pick up a wild card athlete in Armanti Edwards. The small-school standout was an outstanding quarterback during his time at Appalachian State, but could be in line for a move to wide receiver in the pros. Given his versatile skills and playmaking ability, the Panthers could use Edwards as a “Wildcat” option.


Edwards is a four-year starter that led his team to two national titles as well as a playoff run in the other two seasons. He is an undersized quarterback that will need to be projected to another position to take advantage of his speed, quickness and athleticism. He has had some durability issues and will need to bulk up if he wants to play at the next level. He is explosive and can force defenders to grab nothing but air with his elusiveness and cutting ability. He will require some time to learn how to run routes and to control his speed so he can give defenders different looks as he runs his routes.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut WR Dexter Jackson

File the 2008 NFL Draft round selection in the file called ‘bust’. From AP-

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released underachieving wide receiver Dexter Jackson.

Jackson was a second-round draft pick out of Appalachian State in 2008. He appeared in the first seven games of last season, primarily as a kick returner.

The 23-year-old returned 20 punts and 14 kickoffs with limited success before losing the kick return job to undrafted free agent Clifton Smith. Smith went on become a Pro Bowl selection, while Jackson did not get into a game again.

The Bucs announced the move before practice Monday. Jackson didn’t have any receptions as a rookie and has been slowed this preseason by an ankle injury.

At the time of Jackson’s selection by Tampa, the pretty much universal opinion was that the Bucs were stretching. Jackson had the fastest 40 time in the combine, but had problems holding onto the ball and didn’t like being hit. Not good traits for a WR/Kick returner. I think the odds are less than 50-50 that Jackson ever catches a regular season NFL pass.


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