Comparing Edelman to his peers


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We talked earlier today about the remarkable transformation Julian Edelman’s made over the last 12 months, from college quarterback to pro receiver.

And Edelman discussed how, though the transition was tough, his experience at quarterback helped him, in some ways, make an instant impact.

So when you take all of it, and throw it together, how did the Patriot revelation match up with his rookie peers? Glad you asked. Check it out …

RECEPTIONS
t-1) Austin Collie, Colts 60
t-1) Percy Harvin, Vikings 60
3) Jeremy Maclin, Eagles 56
t-4) Michael Crabtree, 49ers 48
t-4) Mike Thomas, Jaguars 48
6) Hakeem Nicks, Giants 47
7) Johnny Knox, Bears 45
8) Kenny Britt, Titans 42
9) LeSean McCoy (RB), Eagles 40
10) Mike Wallace, Steelers 39
11) Julian Edelman, Patriots 37
t-12) Brandon Gibson, Rams 34
t-12) Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns 34
t-12) Louis Murphy, Raiders 34
t-15) Brian Hartline, Dolphins 31
t-15) Sammy Stroughter, Buccaneers 31


RECEIVING YARDS
t-1) Percy Harvin, Vikings 790
t-1) Hakeem Nicks, Giants 790
3) Jeremy Maclin, Eagles 773
4) Mike Wallace, Steelers 756
5) Kenny Britt, Titans 701
6) Austin Collie, Colts 676
7) Michael Crabtree, 49ers 625
8) Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns 624
9) Johnny Knox, Bears 527
10) Louis Murphy, Raiders 521
11) Brian Hartline, Dolphins 506
12) Mike Thomas, Jaguars 453
13) Julian Edelman, Patriots 359
14) Brandon Gibson, Rams 348
15) Brandon Pettigrew, Lions 346

… And Edelman only played in 11 games (though he wasn’t the only one
to miss time … Pettigrew also played just 11 games, and Crabtree did
the above in 11 games, after holding out for three months). The only guy on either of those list drafted lower than Edelman was Stroughter, who went one pick after the ex-Kent State quarterback.

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It’s a good story, overall.

What’s next? We’ll see. It’s interesting to look at the top 2008 rookie producers at receiver for context. Eddie Royal seemed to regress seriously in Denver, and Donny Avery also slipped stats-wise in St. Louis, as both adjusted to new coaches. Meanwhile Davone Bess continued to grow, and DeSean Jackson blew up.

Bottom line: It’s unpredictable. Roles change, there’s tape on those guys for defenses to study, and adjustments need to be made. Asked about that today, Edelman threw a bucket of water on all us …

Yup, it’s still May.

“We’ll be thinking of that more down the line,” he said. “I’m just thinking about trying to become a receiver. When that Game 1 or whatever comes, we’ll think about that. I’m thinking about OTAs and training camp right now.”