Edison hopeful of being drafted next weekend
By KEVIN GORE
The Daily Sentinel
Saturday, April 18, 2009
By kevin gore
Dominique Edison tries not to think about what should be one of the biggest days of his life.
"I'm very excited," the former SFA receiver said. "I'm trying not to think about it so much.
"It gets harder not to think about it every day, every moment."
The day is expected to come next weekend, either Saturday or Sunday, when the NFL conducts its annual draft of collegiate football players.
The first three rounds of the draft are held Saturday. The final four rounds are Sunday.
Edison, a 6-2 1/2, 200-pound receiver who caught 18 touchdown passes for SFA his senior season expects to be a Day 2 draftee, meaning he'll be selected sometime April 26.
"I'm hearing a lot of different things," he said. "Some are saying in the fifth round to be expecting a call. Anywhere from the fourth round on back."
Since catching 67 passes for 1,016 yards and leading the Southland Conference in touchdown receptions last season, Edison has been working toward improving his stock in the draft.
He suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the Texas vs. the Nation all-star game in El Paso in January but has performed well for scouts since then.
After performing at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, Ind., in February, he ran a 4.36 40-yard dash on Pro Day before scouts at SFA's Homer Bryce Stadium in late March.
"I thought I did well at the combine," he said. "The 4.36 on Pro Day was one of my best 40 times."
Edison said his best 40-yard dash time is a 4.32, as a sophomore.
Edison, from San Augustine, finished his SFA career with 182 catches for 2,697 yards and 28 touchdowns.
His 18 touchdown receptions as a senior set new records in the Southland and at SFA. His 182 receptions set a league record, and his 28 career touchdowns rank second in the SLC and at SFA.
He is only one of four SFA players to have more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season.
His big finish during his senior campaign helped elevate his draft potential.
"I was on the radar, at the beginning of my senior year," he said. "The season I had last year boosted up my draft status and improved my position."
Edison was a football, basketball and track star at San Augustine, where he helped the Wolves' football team capture a Class 2A state championship in 2004 under the direction of Lynn Graves, a former SFA head coach.
He also won state in the 200 in track and was all-state in basketball, which was his favorite sport.
Edison said it was Graves who told him during his high school career that he had the intangibles necessary to play college, and possibly, professional football.
"He said that I had the speed and size — everything it took to excel at the next level," Edison said.
Edison said he understands the opportunity that could await him. He is excited about the possibility of being drafted and having an opportunity to show the team that drafts him that it made a good choice.
"There's always things to improve on," he said. "I have to improve my route running. I was used to beating smaller cornerbacks in college, without running great routes.
"I'm going to have to run great routes."
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Sports Editor Kevin Gore's Top 5 list of SFA Lumberjacks who were drafted and went on to careers in the NFL.
1. Kicker Mark Moseley.
Draft day: Moseley was a 14th round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1970 draft.
Bio: Born in Laneville, Moseley graduated from Livingston High School before attending SFA.
NFL career: He won the NFL's MVP with the Washington Redskins during the 1982 strike-shortened season. The next season, he kicked two field goals in Washington's 27-17 win over Miami in Super Bowl XVII. Played for Philadelphia, Houston, Washington and Cleveland.
Summary: Moseley's MVP honor puts him at the top in this list.
2. Running back Larry Centers.
Draft day: Centers was a fifth-round draft pick by the Phoenix Cardinals in the 1990 draft.
Bio: Born in Tyler, Centers played football at Tatum High School before attending SFA.
NFL career: He caught 827 passes for 6.797 yards and scored 42 touchdowns and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection. He played for the New England Patriots' team that won Super Bowl XXXVIII. Played for Phoenix/Arizona, Washington, Buffalo and New England.
Summary: His 827 receptions are the second most by a non-wide receiver in NFL history.
3. LB Jeremiah Trotter.
Draft day: Trotter was a third-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1998 draft.
Bio: Born in Texarkana, Trotter was a fullback and linebacker at Hooks High School before attending SFA.
NFL career: He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and played for Philadelphia, Washington and Tampa Bay. He played on an Eagles' team that lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.
Summary: He's one of the most notable SFA players to play in the NFL. He has been involved in various business ventures, including a salon and car washes in New Jersey. He also played for the Philadelphia Benjamins on Extreme Dodgeball, using the nickname "Axeman."
4. DB David Whitmore.
Draft day: Whitmore was a fourth-round pick by the New York Giants in the 1990 draft.
Bio: Whitmore was a star at Daingerfield High School before attending SFA.
NFL career: He played for the 1990 New York Giants team that won Sper Bowl XXV. He also played for San Francisco, Kansas City and Philadelphia.
Summary: Known as a hard hitting safety at SFA, Whitmore went on to have a nice pro career. He started for the 49ers when Dallas defeated San Francisco in NFC championship games in the early 1990s.
5. DB Terrance Shaw.
Draft day: Shaw holds the distinction of being the highest drafted SFA player. He was taken in the second round with the 34th overall pick in the 1995 draft by the San Diego Chargers.
Bio: Shaw played high school football at Marshall High School before going to SFA.
NFL career: He played for the New England Patriots team that defeated the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. He also played for San Digo, Miami, Oakland and Minnesota.