If we count as a "star" a guy who has had even one Pro Bowl or All-Pro selection after BB drafted him for the Pats -- or who ever was Super Bowl MVP -- I think the list is: First round (first half) Seymour Mayo Warren 100% hit rate First round (second half) Wilfork Meriweather McCourty Mankins Approximately 50% hit rate (Grahambo, Watson, Maroney, and I feel like I'm forgetting somebody) Second round Light Vollmer Branch Hit rate well under 50% (how far below depends on how Chung, Cunningham, and Spikes evolve) Third round None Hit rate 0% Fourth round Samuel Gostowski (kicker) Hit rate low (exact figure depends on whether you give full credit for a kicker) Fifth round Koppen Hit rate low (as expected) Sixth round Brady Hit rate very low (as expected -- lower than for 5th round as there are more comp picks) Seventh round Cassell (on the Chiefs) Hit rate very low (as expected -- lower than for 5th round as there are more comp picks) UDFA None Hit rate 0% (although before BB was in charge there was Vinateri) Of course, this is simplistic. Koppen's success hasn't equated to Mankins', and Meriweather's hasn't matched Samuel's. But it's a reasonable first cut. I think what this illustrates is that BB's hit rate for drafting stars is roughly in line with what the trade value chart would suggest. Trading down is not a magically successful strategy for him, but nor is it an ongoing blunder. Trading forward into future years, however, is generally a pretty successful tactic. For example, first round picks traded into future years netted Wilfork and Mayo (and I think not a lot else, but so what?).