ATLANTA — The first time New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick got a look at Julian Edelman, he wasn’t quite sure what to do with him. Rick Gosselin, a sportswriter formerly at the Dallas Morning News, had tipped Belichick off to go take a look at the 5-foot-10 Kent State quarterback, who almost certainly wouldn’t play that position in the NFL but might have value somewhere else.
“I knew (Gosselin) followed the draft closely,” Belichick said. “That kind of got us going on him a little bit.”
The Patriots sent one scout up to Kent State to take a look at him. When the reviews came back positive, they sent a second just to make sure. Ultimately, New England took him in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL draft, No. 232 overall, even though it wasn’t totally clear where his skills would translate. They played him at corner. The put him on special teams. Eventually they moved him to receiver, all new skills for someone who spent his whole life running an offense.
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