Darron Edwards can clearly see his path to the NFL.
The former Dunbar star and
“Just growing up with LaQuan, me and him have known each other since we were nine or 10 years old, playing at Northwood,” Edwards said of his Pop Warner football days with the
After a standout career at Poly, Williams went to
Edwards, who signed with Williams' agent, Jason Sklar of AIM Sports Services, has an uphill climb to join his friend in the league. The former Poet says right now he's projected as a sixth- or seventh-round selection, if not undrafted altogether. But up until this point, the 5-foot-11, 183-pound cornerback has done everything he can to put himself in position to be drafted.
After two seasons at Butler Community College in Kansas, Edwards – a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com – moved on to Arkansas State and started every game at cornerback there in 2010. As a senior, Edwards recorded 49 tackles and three interceptions, earning second-team All-
"Honestly, I always expect to win in any situation," Edwards said. "I knew as a junior, coming from junior college, the guys leading the team had a solid foundation. We just had awesome chemistry. There was a big difference in leadership from junior year to senior year. I knew we had the talent to get it done. Coach [Hugh] Freeze and the whole coaching staff led us and that helped us become special."
Edwards came back to Baltimore after the season and began training at TZ Sports in Eldersburg. His main goal right now is letting his agents handle his draft position, while he works on his 40 time. Edwards’ top time is a 4.48, but he’s hoping to lower that to a mid-4.4 during his Pro Day at Arkansas State on March 27. With two teammates -- linebacker Demario Davis and defensive back Kelcie McCray -- that earned invites to the
In the meantime, Edwards is focused on training and keeping up with other Baltimore guys hoping to get drafted. Edwards, Mississippi State offensive lineman James Carmon (City), Ole Miss defensive end Wayne Dorsey (Southwestern), Bowie State linebacker Delano Johnson (Dunbar) and San Jose State defensive back Brandon Driver (Parkville) – plus Williams and
In Williams, Edwards has a model for making it to the league. He'll do whatever it takes to follow in his friend's footsteps.