Before the Patriots used the 232nd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Julian Edelman thought for sure he would end up on the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent.
In a visit with The MMQB’s Peter King on his podcast, Edelman dissected some of the build-up to the draft and also how close he was to not becoming a Patriot.
With the picks winding down in the seventh round, Edelman’s agent began fielding calls from teams about signing a free agent contract if he were to go undrafted. He got far enough along in the process to settle on a team.
“It was going to be the Packers, it was going to be the Green Bay Packers,” he said. “I don’t know why, [but] my agent thought it was the best fit.”
But before Edelman and his agent could proceed to sign a deal they had to wait until the draft finished.
His agent told him don’t be surprised if the Pats drafted him. It is crazy to think what would have happened if the Pats did not draft him, because the former quarterback from Kent State could have very well ended up as a weapon of Aaron Rodgers.