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Day One of Bill Belichick's first New England Draft




April 15, 2000
On Day One of the 2000 NFL Draft the Patriots select Adrian Klemm in the second round with the 46th overall pick, and J.R. Redmond in the third at #76.

The Patriots did not have a first round pick in the 2000 draft, as that (#16 overall) as well as a fourth (101) and seventh was gifted to the Jets after BB humiliated the Jete with his 'I resign' on a napkin, not wanting any part of the mess he foresaw. Klemm was an OT from Hawaii who started things out by going on PUP, and proceeded to land on IR twice.

JR Redmond made huge crucial contributions in the 2001 playoffs against the Raiders (three catches in the overtime drive), and then three more receptions for 24 yards to set up Adam Vinatieri's game-winning kick in Super Bowl 36. Had he not bailed Tom out on the first play of that drive, the Pats would have likely taken a knee and gone into OT.

 

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Happy 41st birthday to Billy Yates
Born April 15, 1980 in Fort Worth
Patriot G, 2004-2009; uniform #74
Signed to the practice squad on September 12, 2004

After being undrafted out of Texas A&M, Yates was originally signed by Miami. He played in three games with the Dolphins in '03. The Pats signed him to their practice squad in '04, then activated him for Super Bowl 38. He spent most of '09 on the practice squad before being promoted when Dan Koppen went on IR with a shoulder injury.

Yates appeared in 22 games with 11 starts with the Patriots from 2005-2008, including seven starts in '08 when Stephen Neal was injured.




Detroit Lions - Billy Yates

Billy Yates joins the Lions for his first season in the William Clay Ford Minority Coaching Assistantship role. After working as the assistant strength coach at Texas Tech from 2013-15, he was named head of strength and conditioning at Bowling Green State University in 2016 before entering the NFL coaching ranks.​


Bowling Green - Billy Yates

Billy Yates was named head strength and conditioning coach for the BGSU football program in January, 2016. Yates had previously served as the assistant strength coach at Texas Tech for three years.​

After a playing career at Texas A&M, Yates enjoyed an eight-year career in the National Football League. During his eight seasons, Yates played for three different franchises including a five-year stint with the New England Patriots where he helped them to a Super Bowl win in Super Bowl XXXIX. He spent his final two seasons with the Cleveland Browns before retiring in 2010. Yates made 14 starts and played in 41 total games during his eight seasons in the league.​

After retiring from the NFL, Yates began his career as a strength and conditioning coach at Texas A&M. After one season with the Aggies, Yates spent three seasons in Lubbock.​




Happy 52nd birthday to Steve Gordon
Born April 15, 1969 in Fort Ord, California
Patriot C, 1992-1993; uniform #64

Pats 10th round (277th overall) selection of the 1992 draft, from Cal

Gordon has no stat line with the Patriots. He was presumably cut at the end of training camp, or perhaps was on the Pats practice squad. Gordon later spent time with San Francisco, Denver and Cleveland; he appeared in 13 NFL games, all with the Niners in 1998.

According to LinkedIn, since his NFL days ended Gordon has been a Major Account Manager with Sharp, a Regional Manager for Konica Minolta, Branch Manager with Ray Morgan and now is the Regional Sales Manager for CenterVue for northern California, Nevada and Utah.




Nevada Union Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017: Steve Gordon

Gordon’s prowess on the offensive line earned him a scholarship to play at the University of California, Berkeley, where he shifted to center and was a starter for four years. While at Cal, Gordon helped the Bears to a Copper Bowl championship in 1990 and a Citrus Bowl title in 1991. He was named an All-American in 1991 and was also earned the “Tiny Bates Award” which is awarded by the University Alumni Association and given to Cal football’s to the Most Outstanding Player of the Year.​

In 1992, Gordon was drafted in the 10th round by the New England Patriots. He would bounce around the NFL for eight years, eventually landing with the 49ers where he garnered substantial playing time and a handful of starts. He wrapped up his playing career in 2000 with the Cleveland Browns.​

After his playing days concluded, Gordon couldn’t stay away from the field and dabbled in coaching. He coached for the Folsom Junior Bulldogs program for eight years, winning seven championships along the way. He also spent a year coaching offensive line at Rocklin High School, and logged five years coaching his daughter in AAU youth girls basketball.​




Happy 24th birthday to Isaiah Zuber
Born April 15, 1997 in Stone Mountain, Georgia
Patriot WR, 2020-; uniform #19

Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent from Mississippi State on April 27, 2020

Zuber spent most of 2020 on the practice squad, activated to four games with 26 offensive snaps in 2020. He had four touches (three for first downs) with 50 yards from scrimmage.




Happy 50th birthday to Rich McKenzie
Born April 15, 1971 in Fort Lauderdale
Patriot LB, 1996 offseason

Signed as a free agent on April 18, 1996

Rich McKenzie was a 6th round draft pick by the Browns in 1993, from Penn State. He appeared in eight games for Cleveland under Bill Belichick in 1995, and moved with the franchise to Baltimore the following spring. The Patriots waived McKenzie on August 20, 1996; he spent most of the 1997 offseason with Tampa Bay before his NFL career came to an end early in the Bucs '97 training camp.




Now for some relatives:

Brock Huard turns 45 (4/15/76)
The QB went 0-4 in 8 games from 2000-03; a 3rd round pick of the '99 draft, he is the brother of Damon Huard, Patriot QB from 2001-2003.

Tom Graham was born 4/15/50.
The linebacker spent seven seasons in the NFL during the seventies, all but one year with AFC West teams. Tom is the father of former Patriot TE Daniel Graham, who was with the Pats from 2002-2006.

Andre Caldwell turns 36 (4/15/85)
The Bengal and Bronco WR spent seven seasons in the NFL; he is the younger brother of bug-eyed former Patriot WR Reche Caldwell (RIP).




A couple other players born on this date with New England connections:

Amari Spievey (4/15/1988)
Middleton CT native started 26 games at strong safety for Detroit from 2010-12.

Jeff Williams (4/15/1955)
Williams is a graduate from Gloucester High School and the University of Rhode Island. The offensive lineman was a 5th round draft pick by the Rams in 1977 and played in 56 NFL games from 1977-82.



April 15, 1961:
In a minor move the Patriots traded away their starting RDT Art Hauser and backup OL/LB Bill Striegel to Denver. The Pats received two backups in return: DHB Al Romine and DL Don King, who combined to appear in just one game for the Pats. None of the four played pro football beyond the '61 season.
 

Mike the Brit

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Billy Yates was an Assistant Offensive Line Coach in Detroit during the last year of Matt Patricia's tenure. It looks as though he has (might? will?) join the Patriots as part of Patricia's return:


EDIT: My memory suggests I'd rather have Mr Yates coaching the O-line than playing on it.
 
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Today in Patriots History
Day One of Bill Belichick's first New England Draft




April 15, 2000
On Day One of the 2000 NFL Draft the Patriots select Adrian Klemm in the second round with the 46th overall pick, and J.R. Redmond in the third at #76.

The Patriots did not have a first round pick in the 2000 draft, as that (#16 overall) as well as a fourth (101) and seventh was gifted to the Jets after BB humiliated the Jete with his 'I resign' on a napkin, not wanting any part of the mess he foresaw. Klemm was an OT from Hawaii who started things out by going on PUP, and proceeded to land on IR twice.

JR Redmond made huge crucial contributions in the 2001 playoffs against the Raiders (three catches in the overtime drive), and then three more receptions for 24 yards to set up Adam Vinatieri's game-winning kick in Super Bowl 36. Had he not bailed Tom out on the first play of that drive, the Pats would have likely taken a knee and gone into OT.


Do I correctly remember reading somewhere that Bill wanted to draft JR Redmond at #46, but that he was convinced by Scott Pioli to wait another round and he'll be there too?
 

jmt57

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Do I correctly remember reading somewhere that Bill wanted to draft JR Redmond at #46, but that he was convinced by Scott Pioli to wait another round and he'll be there too?
That sounds vaguely familiar, but I can't recall for sure.

He was assistant director of player personnel then (became director the following year), but certainly had Belichick's trust after four seasons together in Cleveland.
 

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