To be a good team year in and year out in the salary cap era you need to have very good drafts. The Pats have never had a complete miss year under BB/SP but we've had years where we only hit at the top. I think this is a really pivotal year where they really need to hit every where. The 2002 and 2003 draft classes were extremely good setting up the super bowls in 03 and 04. I think the 06 class was a major hit at least so far, still early. If we can have an impact draft two years in a row like 02/03 I think it could spell another trip to the top. The players that have been major hits are in bold. 2001- They hit home runs with Seymour and Light but nobody else ever did more than contribute to special teams. 1 Richard Seymour 6 DL Georgia 2 Matt Light 48 T Purdue 3 Brock Williams 86 CB Notre Dame 4a Kenyatta Jones 96 T South Florida 4b Jabari Holloway 119 TE Notre Dame 5 Hakim Akbar 163 SS Washington 6a Arther Love 180 TE South Carolina State 6b Leonard Myers 200 CB Miami (Fla.) 7a Owen Pochman 216 K BYU 7b T.J. Turner 239 LB Michigan State 2002- Great draft. They hit on everybody except one 7th rounder. Even Davey had some staying power. 1 Daniel Graham 21 TE Colorado 2 Deion Branch 65 WR Louisville 4a Rohan Davey 117 QB Louisiana State 4b Jarvis Green 126 DL Louisiana State 7a Antwoine Womack 237 RB Virginia 7b David Givens 253 WR Notre Dame 2003- Very good draft but missing on a second rounder with Bethel is tough you can say hitting on Samuel and Koppen later more than made up for it, klecko never did contribute much here beyone being a fill in full back. 1 Ty Warren 13 DL Texas A&M 2a Eugene Wilson 36 DB Illinois 2b Bethel Johnson 45 WR Texas A&M 4a Dan Klecko 117 DL Temple 4b Asante Samuel 120 CB Central Florida 5 Dan Koppen 164 C Boston College 6 Kliff Kingsbury 201 QB Texas Tech 7a Spencer Nead 234 TE BYU 7b Tully Banta-Cain 239 LB California 7c Ethan Kelley 2004- much like 2001 they hit heavy at the top but nothing after that. I think missing on the rest of this draft is why we lack a little depth right now. 1a Vince Wilfork 21 DL Miami (Fla.) 1b Benjamin Watson 32 TE Georgia 2b Marquise Hill 63 DE Louisiana State 3 Guss Scott 95 S Florida 4a Dexter Reid 113 S North Carolina 4b Cedric Cobbs 128 RB Arkansas 5 P.K. Sam 164 WR Florida State 7 Christian Morton 233 CB Florida State 2005- tough to fully evaluate this early but 5 contributors is pretty good. 1 Logan Mankins 32 G Fresno State 3a Ellis Hobbs 84 CB Iowa State 3b Nick Kaczur 100 T Toledo 4 James Sanders 133 S Fresno State 5 Ryan Claridge 170 OLB Nevada-Las Vegas 7a Matt Cassel 230 QB Southern California 7b Andy Stokes 255 TE William Penn 2006- So far so good but if we could get some production out of Jackson it would be extremely good. 1 Laurence Maroney 21 RB Minnesota 2 Chad Jackson 36 WR Florida 3 David Thomas 86 TE Texas 4a Garrett Mills 106 FB Tulsa 4b Stephen Gostkowski 118 K Memphis 5a Ryan O'Callaghan 136 T California 6a Jeremy Mincey 191 LB Florida 6b Dan Stevenson 205 G Notre Dame 6c Le Kevin Smith 206 DL Nebraska 7 Willie Andrews 229 DB Baylor This must be an great draft for us.