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Julian Edelman

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 195 | College: Kent State
 
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Overview

The last Golden Flashes quarterback to make a mark in the NFL was the Cleveland Browns' Josh Cribbs. And like Cribbs, it will be Edelman's versatility that he'll need to rely on to make the final roster.

Edelman broke Cribbs' single-season school record with 3,190 total yards in 2008. He scored a combined 26 touchdown, split equally running and throwing.

But he's expected to be tried primarily at wide receiver and on special teams in the NFL. For the Golden Flashes, Edelman also handled part-time punting and punt returning chores, so he's used to moving around.

There is no questioning Edelman's athleticism. At his March 12 pro day, he was asked to run again after being clocked in 3.91 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.

The team that drafted him, the Patriots, is no surprise. New England defensive coordinator Dean Pees was the Golden Flashes' from 1998-03.

Analysis

Positives: Athletic build with room for an additional 5-10 pounds of additional muscle mass without a significant loss of quickness. Versatile athlete capable of helping in various roles. Good agility to make defenders miss in the open field. Surprising straight-line speed. Good short to medium range accuracy as a passer to consider using on trick plays or as part of a Wildcat formation. Worked out well as a receiver. Caught the ball well and showed enough understanding of route-running to warrant further development. Highly competitive.

Negatives: Lacks the size and passing accuracy to remain at quarterback in the NFL. Enough overall athleticism to consider as a receiver, but hasn't played the position before. Has struggled with durability throughout his career. Bit of a gimmick prospect, who may lack a true position at the next level.

Career Notes

Broke Josh Cribbs' school record with 3,190 total yards in 2008 (1,820 passing, 1,370 rushing). … Second team All-MAC selection in 2006.

2008 Season

Set the school single-season record with 3,190 yards, breaking the mark held by Josh Cribbs. … Accounted for 26 touchdowns - 13 each on the ground and through the air … Also punted four times and was the punt returner the final four games.

2007 Season

Started the first eight games of the season before breaking his arm against Bowling Green on Oct. 20 … had been playing on a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament suffered in week two at Kentucky … was 98-of-189 (52 percent) for 1,318 yards, an average of 164.8 yards per game … threw for seven touchdowns and nine interceptions … rushed 118 times for 455 yards, an average of 3.9 per rush … averaged almost 57 rushing yards per game while adding two scores on the ground … led the team with 1,773 total yards of offense, averaging 221.6 per game … would have ranked sixth in the MAC had he played in one more game … was third on the team with 455 all-purpose yards … recorded a passing efficiency mark of 113.13 … career mark of 119.48 stands as the second-best in KSU history … completed a season-high 65.4 percent of his passes (17-of-26) in win at Iowa State Aug. 30 … was 18-of-33 for 267 yards and a career-best three touchdowns against Delaware State on Sept. 15 … threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Tukes, the longest pass of the season for KSU … rushed for 100 yards twice - against Kentucky (135 career-high) and Bowling Green (104) on Oct. 20 … joined with Eugene Jarvis to become the first pair of Flashes to rush for 100 or more yards in a game since 2005.

2006 Season

Second team All-MAC selection and team's Offensive Player of the Year, despite battling through an injury in the second half of the season … was Kent State's primary offensive weapon at quarterback … started every game for the Golden Flashes except at Virginia Tech (shoulder) … led the team and was third in the MAC in total offense, averaging 229 yards per contest … averaged 169 yards through the air, completing 55 percent of his passes for 1,859 total yards and 10 touchdowns … ranked second on the team and eighth in the MAC in rushing yardage with nearly 60 yards per game on a total of 658 yards and seven scores … stood fourth in the conference with a 124.4 pass efficiency mark … his 42 points scored led the team, six ahead of wide receiver Najah Pruden … passed for 305 yards (17-for-21) and two touchdowns (three total) against Akron on Sept. 30 … rushed 23 times for 121 yards against Ohio on Oct. 28 … launched a 68-yard touchdown strike to Pruden to open the Eastern Michigan game on Nov. 17, finishing 9-for-18 with 188 yards.

Injury Report

2007: Suffered a broken arm against Bowling Green on Oct. 20, missing the final four games of the season. … Before that, had been playing with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament suffered in the second game at Kentucky.

2006: Sat out the Virginia Tech game with a shoulder injury.

Agility Tests

Combine: Did not receive an invitation.

Pro Day (from The Akron Beacon Journal): 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash. … 36 1/2-inch vertical jump. … 10'3" broad jump. … 3.91 short shuttle.

Junior College

Posted record-setting numbers as a freshman quarterback at the College of San Mateo last season … Named the Most Valuable Player in All-State Region I by the California Community College Football Coaches Association … passed for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for a school-record 1,253 yards and 17 scores … helped lead the Bulldogs to an 8-3 record and second-place finish in the NorCal Conference … as senior at Woodside in 2004, led the Wildcats to a 13-0 record and Central Coast Section championship and was named first-team all-league and all-county … totaled 2,237 passing yards and 29 touchdowns in high school career and also rushed for 964 yards and 13 TDs.

High School

As senior at Woodside in 2004, led the Wildcats to a 13-0 record and Central Coast Section championship and was named first-team all-league and all-county … totaled 2,237 passing yards and 29 touchdowns in high school career and also rushed for 964 yards and 13 TDs.

Personal

Born May 22, 1986 … Son of Francis and Angie Edelman … Majoring in business management.

 
Latest News
04/28/2009 - 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.

04/14/2009 - The Bears brought in a quarterback to Halas Hall on Monday. But they might have other plans for Julian Edelman. Some clubs believe the Kent State quarterback projects as a wide receiver in the NFL or perhaps a contributor on special teams. He could run the wildcat also after becoming the second quarterback in school history to pass for 1,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. The first? Cleveland Browns electric return man Josh Cribbs. The interest seems genuine. Edelman worked out for the Bears at his school last Thursday and then the club flew him in for a visit to Halas Hall, a trip that likely included a medical evaluation. He is making the rounds this week. According to the Record-Courier, Edelman will visit Miami on Wednesday and San Francisco on Friday, the last day draft prospects can make official visits to clubs. The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly shown interest in Edelman also. He's a shade under 6-foot, 195 pounds and was clocked in the 40-yard dash at his pro day in 4.52 seconds. He's a good athlete with a 10-3 broad jump and a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump. He was a punt returner for the Golden Flashes and also was a safety on the punt team. Teams could be lining up to woo him as a priority free agent based on the late interest. - Brad Biggs, The Chicago Sun Times

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