Bump and Run: Wes Welker

In light of what Wes Welker has accomplished in his pro football career, it seems stunning that he was not selected during the 2004 NFL Draft.

Since joining the New England Patriots prior to the 2007 season, the speedy wide receiver has caught 554 passes — including 122 last season.

Yet only one team — the Chicago Bears — invited the former Texas Tech star to a pre-draft workout in 2004. Welker eventually joined the San Diego Chargers as a free agent, only to be waived shortly after making the roster, and played a few seasons with the Miami Dolphins before being traded to the Patriots.

In the video above, Welker talks about the experience of watching the NFL Draft — the 2012 edition’s first round airs tonight on ESPN beginning at 8 p.m. ET — when you’re a college prospect.

Welker also reflects on his experiences on ESPN’s Monday Night Football — including scoring on a 99-yard touchdown against those Dolphins in Week 1 last season — and looks forward to the Patriots’ Dec. 10 MNF date with the Houston Texans.