The results speak for themselves but I'll recap. It's amazing what a difference one draft class can make on the makeup of a team. What Denver did right is not only did they get their 1st rounder but they hit on later round picks as well. Hitting on later round picks is something the Pats have not been good at doing.
Round 1 (21) - Laurence Maroney. Oft injured RB. Now resides on IR.
Round 2 (36) - Chad Jackson. Injured early in career, then a healthy cut from the team in 2008.
Round 3 (86) - Dave Thomas. Injury issues early in career, now healthy. Backup TE.
Round 4 (106) - Garret Mills. TE. Cut from the team.
Round 4 (118) - Stephen Gostkowski. Starting K.
Round 5 (136) - Ryan O'Callaghan. Backup OT.
Round 6 (191) - Jeremey Mincey. DE. Cut from the team.
Round 6 (205) - Dan Stevenson. G. Cut from the team.
Round 6 (206) - Le Kevin Smith. DT. Cut from the team.
Round 7 (229) - Will Andrews. S. Cut from the team.
Totals - 1 starter. 2 backups. 1 player who is injured so often it is hard to distinguish whether he is starter or backup (Maroney). Our best pick in this draft is a kicker.
Round 1 (11) - Jay Cutler. Franchise QB. undisputed starter.
Round 2 (61) - Tony Scheffler. Starting TE.
Round 3 - Used in tradeup for Cutler
Round 4 (119) - Brandon Marshall. Stud #1 WR. Starter.
Round 4 (126) - Elvis Dumervil. Starting DE.
Round 4 (130) - Dominik Hixon. WR. Cut from team.
Round 5 (161) - Chris Kuper. Starting G.
Round 6 (198) - Greg Eslinger. C. Cut from the team.
Round 7 - Traded.
Totals - 5 starters. 1 franchise player and 1-2 top players at the position (WR and arguably DE). Their best pick in this draft is their new franchise QB.
Here's a recap article on Denver's draft class:
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If Denver hit a bounty, the Patriots had a famine in 2006. The results are now felt 2 years down the road.