8. Julian Edelman
Following in Josh Cribbs’ footsteps, Edelman went from a record-setting quarterback at Kent State to wide receiver and return man in the NFL. A dual-threat QB in his senior season, Edelman led the Golden Flashes in both passing and rushing yards while breaking Cribbs’ single-season total offense record. Apparently aware that his future in the NFL was not at quarterback, Edelman showcased many skills his senior year, punting four time and playing on the punt coverage team as well.
Impressed, Bill Belichik and the Patriots took a chance and selected Edelman in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. As a rookie Edelman showed his versatility and toughness, filling in perfectly for an injured Wes Welker when needed. Although Edelman’s playing time diminished in 2010 after Welker's return, he still made an impact, averaging 15.3 yards per punt return. Back with the Patriots in 2011, Edelman is likely to make an impact again wherever he is needed.