Is Julian Edelman actually a future HOF’er?

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots reacts after a first down in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

That’s the question which was posed on social media following the New England Patriots Super Bowl win.

Who would’ve thought that a 7th round pick from Kent State could now be in discussion for the NFL Hall of Fame, but here we are.

Let’s dive into some numbers to see if Edelman has a legitimate chance to be on a ballot, shall we?

Out of the last 105 inducted HOF’ers, 12 are receivers. Names include the likes of Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Cris Carter, Terrell Owens, and Randy Moss.

When you hear the name “Julian Edelman”, you automatically don’t rush to equate him with the names I just mentioned.

A quarterback in college, Edelman was supposed to be just a nice punt returner for the Pats, who caught a few balls from Tom every year as a fourth receiver.

Soon, he was quickly seen as the poor man’s version of Wes Welker, then became arguably a better version of Wes.

Edelman broke out in 2013 following Welker’s departure to Denver, surpassing 1,000 receiving yards in a season for the first time in his career at age 27.

While Danny Amendola was brought in to be Welker’s true replacement, we all soon learned Edelman was the answer.

No, Julian hasn’t put up the numbers that Wes has in the regular season. But he’s been a a key part of the Pats when they actually got the job done in the end. Welker hasn’t.

Edelman – 3 Super Bowl Rings and an MVP. 100+ receiving yards in two of the three SB wins.

Welker – Zero Rings. Little clutch gene.

Remember these game-altering drops from Super Bowl 42 and the 2012 AFC Championship game?

But enough about Welker.

Of the 12 Hall-of-Fame receivers that I mentioned at the beginning of the article, only two have racked up less than 10,000 career receiving yards; John Stallworth and Lynn Swan.

Julian Edelman is currently just over 5,000 career receiving yards at age 32. He has at least three seasons left in the tank. If Edelman can put up a couple consecutive 1,000 yard seasons, he may just have a chance.

And with Gronk most likely retiring, and a less than impressive supporting cast around Brady, Edelman will get a ton of targets going forward.

It’s Edelman versus Time for the Hall-of-Fame. And only time will tell who wins.