Data Scout Notes: 215-1370-6.4-13TD-Rush/55.613TD-11INT-Pass
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Patriots' picks: 7/232 -- Julian Edelman, WR, 6-0, 198, Kent State...Why not try to find lightning a bottle in the seventh round? It's unlikely Edelman is being brought in here to be the next David Givens, but the Patriots are searching for kick-return talent with Hobbs dealt on draft day. A player such as Edelman could fill the role Matthew Slater failed to fill last year or, at the very least, provide enough competition to push the more established players. Edelman also played quarterback in college for the Flashes, so it's up in the air as to how the Patriots will do. Perhaps he's just an arm to help get the wide receivers some work in camp. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Julian Edelman News
04/07/14 - WR Julian was re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Patriots March 18.
10/18/13 - WR Julian Edelman (thigh) is listed as questionable.
10/16/13 - --WR Julian Edelman was limited in practice on Wednesday with a thigh injury.
09/24/13 - WR Julian Edelman remains Tom Brady's most trusted, experienced target, catching all seven passes thrown his way against the Buccaneers. But Edelman did little with the receptions, totaling just 44 yards for a 6.3-yard average.
09/10/13 - WR Julian Edelman has been a productive punt returner in New England for the last five-plus years. He has also shown the knack for the key return in big moments, including a punt return for a touchdown in each of the last three seasons. But the numbers say the punt returner is even better than that. With three returns last Sunday in Buffalo – giving him 75 returns for 975 yards in his career – Edelman is now tops in NFL history with a 13.0-yard career punt return average.
He may not have the national name recognition of Chicago's Devin Hester, but Edelman has the production. And his coaches know it.
"We value it quite a bit. I don't think it's underrated at all," Patriots Bill Belichick said. "Another example of Julian – he never returned punts, he came into the NFL, learned how to do it, learned how to be a receiver. [He] played the quarterback position in college at Kent State and all the positions really that he's played in the NFL – covering kicks, returning kicks, slot receiver, outside receiver, slot defender – he didn't do any of those things in college.
"I think that really speaks to his versatility and how much he's grown as a player and how many things he's learned how to do that he really didn't have much experience with in college. I'd say that's pretty unusual, especially to be as competent in them as he is."