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    For those interested. Gives you a good look of how each draft has turned out years later.

    2008
    1 - LB Jerod Mayo - Active, New England Patriots
    2 - CB Terrence Wheatley - Active, New England Patriots
    3 - LB Shawn Crable - Injured Reserve, New England Patriots

    3 - QB Kevin O'Connell - Active, New York Jets
    4 - CB Jonathan Wilhite - Active, New England Patriots
    5 - WR Matthew Slater - Active, New England Patriots

    6 - LB Bo Ruud - Out of NFL

    2007
    1 - DB Brandon Meriweather - Active, New England Patriots
    4 - DL Kareem Brown - Out of NFL
    5 - OL Clint Oldenburg - Out of NFL
    6 - LB Justin Rogers - Out of NFL
    6 - DB Mike Richardson - Out of NFL
    6 - RB Justise Hairston - Injured Reserve, Buffalo Bills
    6 - OL Corey Hilliard - Practice Squad, Cleveland Browns
    7 - LB Oscar Lua - Out of NFL
    7 - OL Mike Elgin - Out of NFL

    2006
    1 - RB Laurence Maroney - Active, New England Patriots
    2 - WR Chad Jackson - Out of NFL
    3 - TE David Thomas - Active, New Orleans Saints
    4 - TE Garrett Mills - Practice Squad, Minnesota Vikings
    4 - K Stephen Gostkowski - Active, New England Patriots
    5 - OL Ryan O'Callaghan - Active, Kansas City Chiefs
    6 - LB Jeremy Mincey - Injured Reserve, Jacksonville Jaguars
    6 - OL Dan Stevenson - Out of NFL
    6 - DL Le Kevin Smith - Active, Denver Broncos
    7 - DB Willie Andrews - Out of NFL

    2005
    1 - OL Logan Mankins - Active, New England Patriots
    3 - DB Ellis Hobbs - Active, Philadelphia Eagles
    3 - OL Nick Kaczur - Active, New England Patriots
    4 - DB James Sanders - Active, New England Patriots

    5 - LB Ryan Claridge - Out of NFL
    7 - QB Matt Cassel - Active, Kansas City Chiefs
    7 - TE Andy Stokes - Out of NFL

    2004
    1 - DL Vince Wilfork - Active, New England Patriots
    1 - TE Benjamin Watson - Active, New England Patriots

    2 - DL Marquise Hill - Deceased
    3 - DB Guss Scott - Out of NFL
    4 - DB Dexter Reid - Out of NFL
    4 - RB Cedric Cobbs - Out of NFL
    5 - WR P.K. Sam - Out of NFL
    7 - DB Christian Morton - Out of NFL

    2003
    1 - DL Ty Warren - Active, New England Patriots
    2 - DB Eugene Wilson - Active, Houston Texans
    2 - WR Bethel Johnson - Out of NFL
    4 - DL Dan Klecko - Out of NFL
    4 - DB Asante Samuel - Active, Philadelphia Eagles
    5 - OL Dan Koppen - Active, New England Patriots
    6 - QB Kliff Kingsbury - Out of NFL
    7 - TE Spencer Nead - Out of NFL
    7 - LB Tully Banta-Cain - Active, New England Patriots
    7 - DL Ethan Kelley - Out of NFL

    2002
    1 - TE Daniel Graham - Active, Denver Broncos
    2 - WR Deion Branch - Active, Seattle Seahawks
    4 - QB Rohan Davey - Out of NFL
    4 - DL Jarvis Green - Active, New England Patriots
    7 - RB Antwoine Womack - Out of NFL
    7 - WR David Givens - Out of NFL

    2001
    1 - DL Richard Seymour - Active, Oakland Raiders
    2 - OL Matt Light - Active, New England Patriots
    3 - DB Brock Williams - Out of NFL
    4 - OL Kenyatta Jones - Out of NFL
    4 - TE Jabari Holloway - Out of NFL
    5 - DB Hakim Akbar - Out of NFL
    6 - TE Arther Love - Out of NFL
    6 - DB Leonard Myers - Out of NFL
    7 - K Owen Pochman - Out of NFL
    7 - LB T.J. Turner - Out of NFL

    2000
    2 - OL Adrian Klemm - Out of NFL
    3 - RB J.R. Redmond - Out of NFL
    4 - OL Greg Robinson-Randall - Out of NFL
    5 - TE Dave Stachelski - Out of NFL
    5 - DL Jeff Marriott - Out of NFL
    6 - DB Antwan Harris - Out of NFL
    6 - QB Tom Brady - Active, New England Patriots
    6 - DL David Nugent - Out of NFL
    7 - LB Casey Tisdale - Out of NFL
    7 - RB Patrick Pass - Out of NFL
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    A note to commentors...before freaking out note that in 2007 we traded our 2nd (and 7th - horrors!) and 4th picks for Welker & Moss
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    34 out of 78 still in the nfl and you gotta figure most of the early decade picks have run there natueral course in hte NFL
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    Myth that Patriots are good drafters: busted
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    Ummmm.... no.
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    there are a couple drafts, 03 looks to be the brightest, some bad years too. you have to throw out 07.
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    BB has tremendous success in the early rounds, however he has struggled on WR's not named Branch or Givens.
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    No you don't. Sure they used their draft picks to acquire strong veterans in 07, but the actual players they drafted were horrific aside from Meriweather

    The Colts and Steelers are better examples of teams that build through the draft, the Patriots don't draft well but they get good free agents that fit the team (usually)
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    i wonder how many other teams have 44% of their draft picks over the course of a decade still in the NFL
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    You're right, they're not good.

    QB: Tom Brady, Matt Cassel
    O-Line: Matt Light, Dan Koppen, Logan Mankins
    WR: Deion Branch
    CB: Asante Samuel
    LB: Jerod Mayo
    D-Line: Richard Seymour, Vince Wilfork, Ty Warren, Jarvis Green
    K: Stephen Gostkowski

    They only drafted the greatest QB of the decade and a backup who went 11-5.

    They then draft three All-Pro offensive linemen and an entire defensive line including two All-Pro players. Top that off with last season's defensive rookie of the year @ linebacker, a Super Bowl MVP wide receiver, an All-Pro cornerback and arguably one of the best kickers in the league right now and you have a bunch of bad drafters.
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    this is from 10 years of drafting with a bunch of picks, id expect them to get some good players, even the raiders and lions hit occasionally

    also lets not act like matt light and dan koppen are all-pros

    as for brady they got really lucky but that was a one in a million thing, you cant point to him and say 'well this is a reason theyre great drafters!' remember they almost took tim rattay
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    Correct! The Giants aced the 2007 Draft. Some of these players

    helped them beat the Patriots in the Superbowl.
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    I actually look at this as a pretty good record (not great by any stretch).

    My take is that Pats:

    • Do very well in first round
    • Do well in rounds 5 and later (esp. if consider UDFA successes)
    • OK in fourth round
    • Have mediocre record in rounds 2 and 3
    I came to this conclusion in a very quick and dirty way ... First, by lumping together players into 3 categories:

    • rounds 1 - 3, all should be expected to stick and contribute for several years
    • round 4, should be maybe 50/50 ish
    • rounds 5 - 7, any contributors are pleasant surprises
    Of course, you could be much more detailed (looking at percentage of players who contribute based on the exact round), but this simpler way makes it easier to summarize.

    So, based on this, any misses from 1-3 are "bad picks", hits from 5-7 are "good picks" and 4s could go either way. Again, I am just taking a simple high-level approach, not being concerned with differences between active, starter, and All-Pro.

    Adding the years 2000-2008 drafts (ignoring UDFA hits), we get:

    1st: Every pick still active so no "bad picks" (lets not debate Maroney).
    2nd: 2 bad picks, Jackson and Johnson; Klemm bordeline bad pick; Hill didn't do much but we'll never know if he was about to reach his potential or not; Jury out on Wheatley
    3rd: Williams and Scott bad picks, Redmond borderline bad pick, Crable so far looking like a bad pick but too soon to write him off
    4th: I see pats about 6 for 14, less than 50% (i count contributors as Wilhite, Ghost, Sanders, Asante, Jarvis, and Robinson-Randall)
    5th to 7th: Seems like 4 "good picks" in this category: Brady (natch), Cassel, Givens, and Koppen and TBC is borderline "good". Some others (Willie Andrews, Patrick Pass, Antwan Harris) had a moment or two but not enough to be considered a good pick.

    Ironically, it seems that their recent trading strategy (stockpiling extra 2s and 3s) does NOT play well into their drafting strength. Hopefully, the results from 2009 draft will change my perception, when -- in five years or so -- we look back on 6 contributors taken in rounds 2 and 3 this year :D
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    Had Dick Rehbein not been persistent, the Patriots would not have drafted

    Brady and there would not be three Superbowl rings.
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    Assessing the relative quality of their drafts and their ability to draft well is only meaningful when compared with the same type of empirical data from every other team over the same time period. In addition, the data needs to be evaluated in terms of the relative quality of the players still in the NFL. For example, if 50% of Team A's players are still in the league and 50% of Team B's players are still in the league, their drafting skills are not necessarily comparable. The number of starters, Pro-Bowlers, positions, etc. also must be taken into account. It's not an easy thing to assess.
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    The 2006 draft frustrates me. I had very high hopes for Chad Jackson, tight ends Thomas and Mills, and O'Callaghan. At least one of those tight ends should've stuck.
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    Thomas might have had he not had the misfortune to injure himself in the spring of 2007.

    Well, that, and the Patriots not signing TE stat killer Wes Welker. . . . :)

    Also, on a minor note, you might want to indicate the players that are "out of the NFL" but were in the NFL earlier this year.
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    I think the most interesting point about this data is that it illustrates exactly what is important when drafting: choosing players who will succeed, regardless of position.

    We always get people questioning drafting calls every year wondering why they chose a DB over a LB or whatever. I guess the point is, it's far more important to select the best player available at ANY position than risk taking a player in a position you need help at where perhaps their odds of making the cut aren't so good.
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    Since most people start the griping about the Patriots draft in 2006, let's take a look at the top 3 rounds for both Pittsburgh and New England:

    Pittsburgh:
    2006
    Santonio Holmes
    Anthony Smith
    Willie Reid

    2007
    Lawrence Timmons
    Lamarr Woodley
    Matt Spaeth

    2008
    Rashard Mendenhall
    Limas Sweed
    Bruce Davis

    New England:
    2006
    Laurence Maroney
    Chad Jackson
    David Thomas

    2007
    Brandon Meriweather

    2008
    Jerod Mayo
    Terence Wheatley
    Shawn Crable
    Kevin O'Connell

    Pittsburgh has 9 picks, New England has 8

    Each team has drafted one player that's out of the NFL (Reid, Jackson)

    Pittsburgh has 3 starters from that group

    New England has 3 starters from that group
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