Julian Edelman’s retirement marks the tip to one of many extra profitable NFL careers over the previous dozen years. A former quarterback for Kent State, Edelman blossomed into one of many cornerstones of the Patriots‘ second wave of Tremendous Bowl wins in the course of the 2010s. The MVP of Tremendous Bowl LIII, Edelman can also be one of the productive receivers in postseason historical past.
Whereas followers and media members have already begun to debate Edelman’s eventual Corridor of Fame standing, there isn’t any debating his place as among the finest seventh-round picks in NFL historical past. Here is the place Edelman ranks among the many best seventh-round picks of all time. Edelman managed to make the minimize over a number of productive gamers, together with receivers Marques Colston and Donald Driver, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, offensive lineman Rayfield Wright, working again Jamal Anderson, defensive again Lemar Parrish and kicker Gary Anderson, amongst others.
Honorable point out: Jake Scott, S
seventh spherical, 159th total decide, 1970 draft
Groups: Dolphins (1970-75), Washington (1976-78)
A key member of Miami’s “No Title” protection, Scott helped the Dolphins win the franchise’s solely two Tremendous Bowl titles. A five-time Professional Bowler and two-time All-Professional, Scott earned Tremendous Bowl MVP honors after choosing off two passes in Miami’s 14-7 win over Washington in Tremendous Bowl VII. Scott stays the Dolphins’ profession chief in interceptions.
10. Tom Nalen, C
seventh spherical, 218th decide, 1994 draft
Staff: Broncos (1994-07)
A starter for 13 of his 14 seasons in Denver, Nalen anchored a Broncos offensive line that helped win back-to-back Tremendous Bowls within the late Nineties. A five-time Professional Bowler and two-time All-Professional, Nalen blocked for six completely different 1,000-yard working backs, together with Terrell Davis, who rushed for two,008 yards throughout his MVP season.
9. Julian Edelman, WR
seventh spherical, 232nd decide, 2009 draft
Staff: Patriots (2009-20)
Edelman ranks second in Patriots historical past in receptions with 670, fourth with 6,822 receiving yards and ninth with 36 touchdowns. A 3-time champion and the MVP of Tremendous Bowl LIII, Edelman’s 118 postseason receptions and 1,442 profession postseason receiving yards are second all time. Edelman’s 24 receptions in Tremendous Bowl play are tied for fifth all time. His 337 Tremendous Bowl receiving yards are fourth all time.
8. Harold Carmichael, WR
The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Carmichael was a four-time Professional Bowler in addition to a member of the NFL’s All-Seventies Staff. The league chief in receptions and yards in the course of the 1973 season, Carmichael was one of many driving forces behind the Eagles’ 1980 NFC championship staff. He stays the Eagles’ all-time chief in receptions, yards and touchdowns. He was a part of the Corridor of Fame’s 2020 induction class.
7. Bobby Mitchell, HB/WR
seventh spherical, 84th total decide, 1958 draft
Groups: Browns (1958-61), Washington (1962-68)
Whereas he earned his first Professional Bowl in Cleveland, Mitchell’s profession took off after he was traded to Washington in 1962. A Professional Bowler in every of his first three seasons in Washington, the electrical Mitchell led the NFL in receiving in the course of the 1962 and ’63 seasons. A member of Washington’s Ring of Fame, Mitchell was inducted into the Corridor of Fame in 1983.
6. Gene Hickerson, G
seventh spherical, 78th total decide, 1957 draft
Staff: Browns (1958-73)
A key blocker for Corridor of Fame working again Jim Brown, Hickerson was a key piece of the Browns’ 1964 championship staff. A member of the NFL’s All-Sixties Staff, Hickerson earned Professional Bowl honors every season from 1965-70. He was inducted into the Corridor of Fame in 2007.
5. Jim Ringo, C
seventh spherical, eightieth total, 1953 draft
Staff: Packers (1953-63), Eagles (1964-67)
The primary of two members from the 1953 draft to make this checklist, Ringo was a part of Vince Lombardi’s first two championship groups in Inexperienced Bay. A ten-time Professional Bowler and six-time All-Professional, Ringo earned three of his Professional Bowls throughout his last 4 seasons in Philadelphia. A member of the NFL’s All-Sixties Staff, Ringo was enshrined in Canton, Ohio in 1981.
4. Bo Jackson, RB
seventh spherical, 183rd total, 1987 draft
Staff: Raiders (1987-90)
The 1985 Heisman Trophy winner, Jackson was the No. 1 total decide by the Buccaneers‘ in the course of the 1986 draft. However after initially passing on soccer to play baseball for the Kansas Metropolis Royals, Jackson was eligible to be chosen within the 1987 draft, the place he was picked up by the Raiders within the seventh spherical.
Jackson was nonetheless a power on each the gridiron and the diamond. The one athlete to be named an all-star in two completely different sports activities, Jackson boasted the NFL’s longest runs throughout three separate seasons. A Professional Bowler in 1990 (his final NFL season), Jackson’s profession was minimize brief by a hip harm that was sustained throughout a playoff win over the Bengals.
3. Shannon Sharpe, TE
seventh spherical, 192nd total, 1990 draft
Groups: Broncos (1990-99, 2002-03), Ravens (2000-01)
Arguably the NFL’s best tight finish in the course of the Nineties, Sharpe performed an important function on the Broncos back-to-back championship groups. A Professional Bowler every season from 1992-98, Sharpe retired because the NFL’s all-time chief in receiving yards by a good finish. A member of the NFL’s All-Nineties Staff, Sharpe received a 3rd Tremendous Bowl as a member of the 2000 Ravens. He was inducted into the Corridor of Fame in 2011.
2. Joe Schmidt, LB
seventh spherical, 86th total, 1953 draft
Staff: Lions (1953-65)
A ten-time Professional Bowler and eight-time All-Professional, Schmidt was a part of a dominant Lions protection that additionally included Dick “Evening Practice” Lane and Dick LeBeau. A member of the NFL’s All-Nineteen Fifties Staff, Schmidt helped the Lions deliver house NFL titles in 1953 and in 1957. He was inducted into the Corridor of Fame in 1973. Schmidt was named to the NFL’s one hundredth Anniversary All-Time Staff in 2019.
1. Larry Wilson, S
seventh spherical, 74th total, 1960 draft
Staff: Cardinals (1960-72)
A member of the NFL’s All-Sixties and ’70s groups, Wilson was included within the NFL’s one hundredth Anniversary All-Time Staff in 2019. The NFL’s interception chief in 1966, Wilson was named to eight Professional Bowls in a nine-year span and an All-Professional every season from 1966-70. He was inducted into the Corridor of Fame in 1978. Wilson’s No. 8 jersey has been retired by the Cardinals.