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Edwards throws and catches; Spiller, Ford impress at NFL Combine

According to observers at the NFL Combine this week in Indianapolis, the NFL career of Appalachian State QB Armanti Edwards will probably begin with a position change.

The left-handed Edwards, who is from nearby Greenwood, worked out at both quarterback and wide receiver at the annual scouting combine.

Despite a record-setting career at Appalachian State where he twice won the Walter Payton Award as the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, critics say Edwards' workouts at quarterback demonstrated a lack of arm strength. However, some scouts see Edwards as a dangerous addition as a slot receiver and "wildcat" quarterback.

Former Clemson University roommates C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford both turned heads with blazing 40-yard-dash times.

Ford's 4.28-second time is the fastest at the Combine this year, while Spiller's 4.37 dash may have solidified his spot as the draft's top running back.

Spiller, the ACC's Offensive Player of the Year, is expected to be the top running back taken off the board at April's NFL Draft and could be a top-10 selection. One pre-draft scenario has Spiller headed to the Cleveland Browns, where he would be reunited with former Clemson backfield mate James Davis.

While Ford proved to be as fast as expected by turning in the fastest time by a receiver at the combine since 2005 (Jerome Mathis), he also got the attention of scouts by working flawlessly through drills this week and performing well at the Senior Bowl.

Ford's 40-yard-dash time and other performances at the combine may have moved him from a latter-round pick to a Saturday pick, possibly in the second or third round. Possibilities include Denver, Oakland, Cleveland and Baltimore among others.

 

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