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Julian Edelman (born May 22, 1986) is a wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football for Kent State at the quarterback position.

Early years

Edelman was born in . He was the quarterback for Woodside High Schoolmarker in . As a senior in 2004, he led the Wildcats to a 13–0 record. During his high school career, he had 2,237 yards and 29 touchdowns passing, in addition to 964 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing.

College career

After high school, Edelman spent a year at the College of San Mateomarker before transferring to Kent State Universitymarker, where he majored in business management. At Kent State, Edelman was a three-year starter at quarterback. His senior year, he was the Golden Flashes' leading passer, completing 56% of his passes (153 of 275 passes for 1,820 yards) throwing 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He was also their leading rusher, gaining 1,551 yards on 215 attempts (an average of 7.5 yards per carry) and scoring 13 touchdowns. His total offense broke Joshua Cribbs' single-season school record, set in 2003. He also punted four times, and played safety on the punt coverage team.

Professional career

Pre-draft

Edelman was not invited to the 2009 NFL Combine; at his pro day, he recorded a 20-yard short shuttle time of 3.92 seconds, which would have been the fastest time of any player at the Combine.

New England Patriots

The New England Patriots, who had conducted private workouts with Edelman before the 2009 NFL Draft, selected him in the seventh round (232nd overall), ahead of Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer, who joined the Patriots as a free agent. Several analysts have suggested that the Patriots may have selected Edelman for his potential in a Wildcat formation. On July 16, 2009, Edelman signed a four-year contract with the Patriots that included a $48,700 signing bonus.

Edelman scored his first professional points on August 13, 2009, in a pre-season game with the Philadelphia Eagles returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, and made the team over former Eagles wide receiver Greg Lewis, for whom the Patriots had given up a fifth-round draft pick in 2009.

Edelman sat out the Patriots' Week 1 game against the Buffalo Bills, but was activated for, and made his first career start in, the Patriots' 16–9 loss in Week 2 against the New York Jets, which was also the first game Wes Welker has missed since Welker became a Patriot in 2007. Edelman led all receivers with eight receptions for 98 yards, and added 38 yards on two kickoff returns and 2 yards on a punt return, for a total of 138 all-purpose yards.

Edelman broke his arm in the Patriots' 59–0 rout of the Tennessee Titans, and did not accompany the Patriots on their trip to London to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At the time of his injury, Edelman was leading all rookies with 21 receptions. He returned for the Patriots' Week 10 game against the Indianapolis Colts, where he scored his first official NFL touchdown on a 9-yard reception from Brady.

Edelman, who wears #11 for the Patriots, as he did his senior year at Kent State, is the first Patriot to do so since Drew Bledsoe was traded after the 2001 season.

Stature

Although both the Kent State and Patriots websites list Edelman as 6'0", Edelman himself has stated that he is only 5'10", as was measured at his Pro Day. Moreover, even though Edelman is taller than Wes Welker, the similarities in their playing styles led their teammates to dub Edelman "Welker's 'Mini-Me.'"

References

  1. CBSSports.com draft profile: Julian Edelman, QB, Kent State


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