If things would have played out only slightly different, New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman would have been Green Bay Packers receiver Julian Edelman.
Edelman, who was a quarterback at Kent State, told NFL Network on Tuesday how he had planned to sign with the Packers as an undrafted free agent after the 2009 draft.
The Patriots had worked him out twice prior to the draft, but didn’t bring him in for a pre-draft visit.
“The whole time on draft day, I’m like ‘Well, they didn’t like me, I guess, because they didn’t bring me in for a visit.’ I didn’t know how it went,” Edelman said. “We had like 10 teams call for me to be a priority free agent and so we were thinking of signing with Green Bay if that happened. So I was going to sign with Green Bay. We thought it would be the best [opportunity] for me to make the team.”
The Packers’ history of keeping undrafted free agents on their roster and giving them a chance to contribute is well-documented. Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, Evan Dietrich-Smith, LaDarius Gunter, Geronimo Allison, Frank Zombo… and we’re just mentioning some of the guys who have contributed during the Ted Thompson watch.
Edelman would have been a nice addition, although it’s unclear how the Packers intended to use him. The Patriots worked him out as both a running back and a receiver.
Unfortunately, we’ll never know. The Patriots ended up grabbing Edelman in the seventh round at pick 232.
Who did the Packers take in the seventh round of that draft? Colorado linebacker Brad Jones at 218.