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April 26 in Pats Draft History: Tony Eason, Eugene Chung, Troy Brown, Ty Warren, Jerod Mayo, Julian Edelman and more

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Today in Patriots History
A Roller Coaster of April 26 Drafts

Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower, Ty Warren, Jerod Mayo, Troy Brown, Julian Edelman
Tony Eason, Eugene Chung, 'Missin Sisson', Terrence Wheatley, Brandon Tate, Aaron Dobson​



The Patriots settle for the 4th QB of the draft at the #15 spot, passing on a Hall of Fame QB
(Does being at number 15 while selecting the fourth quarterback of the first round sound familiar at all? Hopefully 2021 will not be the equivalent of '83s just missing out on Jim Kelly, and then selecting Tony Eason over Dan Marino.)
April 26, 1983: Day One (rounds 1-3) of the NFL Draft, from the New York Sheraton Hotel
  • 1.15 -- QB Tony Eason, Illinois
  • 2.47 -- WR Darryal Wilson, Tennessee
  • 3.74 -- WR Stephen Starring, McNeese State
  • (Pats also had pick 3.80 from a 4/27/82 trade of Tim Fox to San Diego)
  • 3.80 -- G Steve Moore, Tennessee State
Fortunately Day Two was much better. (More on that tomorrow).




In '84 Eason threw 23 TD versus eight picks, in his first full season as the starter. He led the league with the lowest interception percentage, but that was due largely in part to holding onto the ball too long: he also led the NFL with 59 sacks. Eason had an awful start to the '85 season, throwing 4 TD and 11 picks, and was a main reason the Pats stumbled to a 2-3 start. The turning point of a week 5 loss to Cleveland came when Eason and the Pats offense were unable to score after having a first and goal from the four yard line.

Raymond Berry benched Eason, and the team responded positively to the return of Steve Grogan with six straight wins. Then Grogan suffered a broken leg in a week 12 loss at the Jets, forcing Eason to start once again. He came through in his first start in seven weeks by going 20-28 for 293 yards and three TD in a critical win at Indy, but threw three picks two weeks later in a loss at Miami. The Patriots 11-5; one game behind Miami, but good enough to win the tiebreaker as a wildcard.

That postseason the Patriots went on to win three road games, culminating in the famous Squish the Fish game. The Pats won with defense and special teams, never having to rely on the passing game. Eason did what he was asked (5 TD, no picks) while going 29/42 for 367 yards total in those three games.

Of course next up were the Bears and their 46 defense, where Eason infamously went 0-6 before being replaced by Grogan. Eason seemed shell shocked by that game and was never the same. He would start just eight games over the next three seasons for the Pats before being traded to the Jets, and fading into obscurity.

Tony Eason threw for 10,732 yards and 60 touchdowns over seven seasons in New England, appearing in 72 games with 49 starts. Never the fan favorite that Grogan was, Eason is mostly remembered for three things: that beating in Super Bowl 20, the quarterback drafted right after Jim Kelly, and the QB the Pats chose instead of Dan Marino.



As for the other picks, Darryal Wilson was snakebit with injuries. As a rookie he was buried on the depth chart behind Stanley Morgan and Cedric Jones on an offense that was far more likely to run (538 attempts) than pass (412 attempts) and rarely threw to any wide receiver other than Morgan. Wilson played in the first nine games but then blew out his knee to end the season. The following summer he re-injured the knee and was again placed on season-ending IR. The knee had still not sufficiently improved when he reported to camp in '85, and Wilson was placed on PUP. He remained there for the entire season and was waived shortly after the Super Bowl 20 loss, ending his NFL career.



Stephen Starring's primary contribution was as a kick returner, from '85 to '87. He had 46 catches for 657 yards and 4 TD in '84, but averaged just 17 receptions for 302 yards and 2 TD in his four other seasons with the Pats. On June 7, 1988 he was arrested for indecent exposure while in a drunken stupor in Colorado at a John Elway charity golf event. The Pats traded Starring near the end of training camp two months later, somehow managing to get a third round pick (TE Marv Cook) for him from Tampa.



Steve Moore spent his first two seasons as a backup before becoming a starter in '85. An ankle injury resulted in being placed on IR in '87, and he never was able to get back on the field. Moore tragically died in a robbery in Memphis shortly after his 29th birthday.


There certainly was no shortage of offensive talent available. The offensive line, consisting of center Pete Brock, guards John Hannah and Ron Wooten and tackles Brian Holloway and Steve Moore was formidable. The stable of running backs, including Craig James, Tony Collins, Robert Weathers and Mosi Tatupu, was among the deepest in the league. Wide receivers Stanley Morgan and Irving Fryar, along with tight ends Lin Dawson and Derrick Ramsey, provided inviting targets​


Steve Moore, a former starting offensive lineman for the New England Patriots, was shot and killed after apparently being robbed outside a convenience store Wednesday night, police said.​

Moore, 29, a tackle for the Patriots from 1983 through 1987, purchased several items at the store and then was shot outside as he returned to his car, Lt. Hank Arnold said. He went back into the store and told the clerk he had been robbed and shot, Arnold said.​

“I’m dying,” the clerk quoted him as saying.​

Moore died at the Regional Medical Center an hour after the shooting. There were no witnesses, and police have no suspects, Arnold said.​

Moore, a right tackle, was a starter on the Patriots’ Super Bowl team that lost to the Chicago Bears 46-10 in Super Bowl XX in 1986.​

He was a starter during the 1985 and 1986 seasons but suffered an ankle injury and missed much of the 1987 season.​
 

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April 26, 1992: Day One (rounds 1-3) of the NFL Draft, from the Marriott Marquis in NYC
  • Pats trade down, sending 1.8 to Atlanta to 1.19, 2.46 and 4.104
  • Pats trade up, sending 1.19, 2.37 and 4.104 to Dallas for 1.13 and 3.71
  • 1.13 -- OT Eugene Chung, Virginia Tech
  • Pats trade up, sending 2.46 and 4.100 to Phoenix for 2.35
  • 2.35 -- CB Rod Smith, Notre Dame
  • 3.64 -- LB Todd Collins, Carson-Newman
  • 3.71 -- FB Kevin Turner, Alabama
On the following day the Patriots drafted CB Dion Lambert, CB Darren Anderson, LB Dwayne Saab, G Tracy Boyd, WR Wayne Hawkins, DT Jim Gray, RB Scott Lockwood, FB Sam Gash, DT David Dixon, TE Turner Bauer, C Steve Gordon, LB Mike Petko and WR Freeman Baysinger.

1992 has to not only be the worst draft in franchise history, it has to be in the running for the worst draft in the history of the NFL.
 

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April 26, 1993: Day Two (rounds 5-8) of the NFL Draft
  • 5.113 -- K Scott 'Missin' Sisson, Georgia Tech
  • 5.138 -- TE Rich Griffith, Arizona (from 4/25/93 draft trade)
  • 6.142 -- CB Lawrence Hatch, Florida
  • (7.169 had been traded in '92 for Reggie Redding and a '92 5th)
  • 8.198 -- WR Troy Brown, Marshall
The Pats had a nice start to the '93 draft by making the right choice and selecting Drew Bledsoe over Rick Mirer. Day One picks also included DE Chris Slade, G Todd Rucci, WR Vincent Brisby, DT Kevin Johnson and SS Corwin Brown.
 

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April 26, 2003: Day One (rounds 1-3) of the NFL Draft, from the Theatre at Madison Square Garden
  • (Pats had traded Drew Bledsoe to Buffalo for 1.14, on 4/21/2002)
  • Pats traded up, sending 1.14 and 6.193 to Chicago for 1.13
  • 1.13 -- DE Ty Warren, Texas A&M
  • Pats trade out/down, sending 1.19 (Kyle Boller) to Baltimore for 2.41 and a 2004 1st (Vince Wilfork)
  • Pats trade up, sending 2.41 and 3.75 to Houston for 2.36 and 4.117
  • 2.36 -- FS Eugene Wilson, Illinois
  • Pats trade up, sending 2.50 and 4.120 to Carolina for 2.45
  • 2.45 -- WR/KR Bethel Johnson, Texas A&M
  • (On 4/14 Pats traded Tebucky Jones to New Orleans for 3.78, 7.239 and a 2004 4th)
  • Pats trade out, sending 3.78 to Miami for a 2004 2nd
On the following day the Pats added Dan Klecko, Asante Samuel, Dan Koppen, Kliff Kingsbury, Spencer Nead, Tully Banta-Cain and Ethan Kelley.



Ty Warren was a solid contributor for eight seasons and two Super Bowl championships with the Pats. With the benefit of hindsight when evaluating the 2003 draft Warren may not have played up to his status of the #13 pick, but in a redraft he would still be selected late in the first round.

The situation is similar with Eugene Wilson, who also earned two rings during five seasons for the Patriots. He would drop a few spots in a redraft, but still be a second round pick.

Fans and media label Bethel Johnson as a draft bust, but when comparing him to the rest of the players in that draft it wasn't as bad as I had previously believed. Johnson only had for receiving touchdowns with New England, but he did average 25.1 yards on 102 kickoff returns. Based on his production in comparison to that of all the other draftees he should have been a mid to late fourth round pick.

Factor in one pick also turning into Vince Wilfork, plus three of the Day Two players well outperforming their draft status, and the 2003 Draft should be considered to be highly successful.
 

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April 26, 2008: Day One (rounds 1-2) of the NFL Draft, from Radio City Music Hall
  • Pats trade down, sending 1.7 and 5.164 to New Orleans for 1.10 and 3.78
  • 1.10 -- LB Jerod Mayo, Tennessee
  • 1.31 -- Pick stolen by Roger Goodell
  • 2.62 -- CB Terrence Wheatley, Colorado
The next day the Patriots also drafted Shawn Crable, Kevin O'Connell, Jonathan Wilhite, Matthew Slater and Bo Ruud.


While Mayo was named Defensive Rookie of the Year and was an All Pro linebacker, overall this was a miserable draft. That other first round pick could have helped immensely, with players such as DE Calais Dampbell, WRs Jordy Nelson and DeSean Jackson, and RBs Matt Forte, Ray Rice and Jamaal Charles still available. The lack of anything at all from Wheatley became a major blow to the Pats as they were forced to scramble for veterans Leigh Bodden and Shawn Springs to temporarily fill the void.
 

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April 26, 2009: Day Two (rounds 3-7) of the NFL Draft
  • Pats trade out/down, sending 3.73 to Jacksonville for 7.232 and a 2010 2nd
  • 3.83 -- WR Brandon Tate, North Carolina
  • Pats trade out, sending 3.89 (Jared Cook) to Tennessee for a 2010 2nd
  • 3.97 -- LB Tyrone McKenzie, South Florida (compensatory, Asante Samuel)
  • Pats trade Ellis Hobbs to Philadelphia for 5.137 and 5.141
  • Pats trade up, sending 5.137 and 5.141 to Baltimore for 4.123 and 6.198
  • 4.123 - G/C Rich Ohrnberger, Penn State
  • Pats trade 5.159 to Philadelphia for Greg Lewis and 2010 7th (3/5/2009)
  • 5.170 - G George Bussey, Louisville
  • 6.198 - LS Jake Ingram, Hawaai
  • 6.207 - DT Myron Pryor, Kentucky (compensatory, Donte' Stallworth)
  • 7.232 - QB Julian Edelman, Kent State
  • 7.234 - DT Darryl Richard, Georgia Tech
On the previous day the Pats had traded out of the first round twice, then selected Patrick Chung, Ron Brace, Darius Butler and Sebastian Vollmer in the second round.
 

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April 26, 2012: Day One (round 1) of the NFL Draft, from Radio City Music Hall
  • Pats trade up, sending 1.27 and 3.93 to Cincinnati for 1.21
  • 1.21 - DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse
  • Pats trade up, sending 1.31 and 4.126 to Denver for 1.25
  • 1.25 - LB Dont'a Hightower, Alabama
Over the next two days the Pats also drafted Tavon Wilson, Jake Bequette, Nate Ebner, Alfonzo Dennard and Jeremy Ebert.
 

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April 26, 2013: Day Two (rounds 2-3) of the NFL Draft
  • (on the previous day the Pats traded 1.29 to Minnesota for 2.52, 3.83, 4.102 and 7.229)
  • 2.52 - LB Jamie Collins, Southern Miss
  • 2.59 - WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall
  • 3.83 - CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers
  • 3.91 - S Duron Harmon, Rutgers
The following day the Pats would also select WR Josh Boyce, DE Michael Buchanon and LB Steve Beauharnais.
 

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April 26, 2018: Day One (round 1) of the NFL Draft, from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
  • Pre-draft trade: Pats send Brandin Cooks and 4.136 to Rams for 1.23 and 6.198, on April 3, 2018
  • 1.23 - OT Isaiah Wynn, Georgia
  • 1.31 - RB Sony Michel, Georgia
Over the next two days the Patriots would add CB Duke Dawson, LB Ja'Whaun Bentley, LB Christian Sam, WR Braxton Berrios, QB Danny Etling, CB Keion Crossen and TE Ryan Izzo.
 

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April 26, 2019: Day Two (rounds 2-3) of the NFL Draft
  • (on the previous day the Pats drafted N'Keal Harry)
  • Pats trade up, sending 2.56 and 3.101 to Rams for 2.45
  • 2.45 -- CB Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt
  • Pats trade down, sending 2.64 (D.K. Metcalf) to Seattle for 3.77 and 4.118
  • Pats trade down, sending 3.73 and 6.205 to Chicago for 3.87, 5.162 and a 2020 4th
  • 3.77 -- DE Chase Winovich, Michigan
  • 3.87 -- RB Damien Harris, Alabama
  • Pats trade down, sending 3.97 and 5.162 to Rams for 3.101 and 4.133 (Jarrett Stidham)
  • 3.101 - OT Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
On the following day the Patriots would add G Hjalte Froholdt, Stidham, DT Byron Cowart, P Jake Bailey and CB Ken Webster.
 

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April 26, 1972: Pats trade Fred Dryer to the Rams

Six months after a Phil Olsen contract debacle resulted in his departure to Los Angeles without ever playing a down for the Patriots, New England was again forced into a corner and had to make another big name player trade with the Rams.

Fred Dryer was the 13th player selected in the 1969 draft, and a very productive player in his three seasons with the Giants. However he was often butting heads with management and made it known to them that he wanted to be signed to a lucrative contract extension. Why miserly Billy Sullivan would overlook that important detail and trade for Dryer in January of 1972 (for the princely sum of a first, sixth and '73 second draft pick, no less) is a mystery.

Dryer had never signed his 1971 contract with the Giants and was therefore set to become a free agent in May. He refused to report to the Pats unless they signed him to a long-term contract making him the highest paid defensive lineman in pro football, which of course Sullivan refused to do. What Dryer really wanted all along was to play in Los Angeles, where the future star of the television series Hunter could begin his second career in Hollywood.

With the clock ticking the Pats were once again fortunate to get what they did from the Rams: this time a '73 first, and backup DE Rick Cash. The net result of the two Fred Dryer transactions was trading away a '72 first, a '72 sixth and a '73 second for a '73 first. What a bewildering mismanaged crap-fest.
 

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April 26, 1992: Day One (rounds 1-3) of the NFL Draft, from the Marriott Marquis in NYC
  • Pats trade down, sending 1.8 to Atlanta to 1.19, 2.46 and 4.104
  • Pats trade up, sending 1.19, 2.37 and 4.104 to Dallas for 1.13 and 3.71
  • 1.13 -- OT Eugene Chung, Virginia Tech
  • Pats trade up, sending 2.46 and 4.100 to Phoenix for 2.35
  • 2.35 -- CB Rod Smith, Notre Dame
  • 3.64 -- LB Todd Collins, Carson-Newman
  • 3.71 -- FB Kevin Turner, Alabama
On the following day the Patriots drafted CB Dion Lambert, CB Darren Anderson, LB Dwayne Saab, G Tracy Boyd, WR Wayne Hawkins, DT Jim Gray, RB Scott Lockwood, FB Sam Gash, DT David Dixon, TE Turner Bauer, C Steve Gordon, LB Mike Petko and WR Freeman Baysinger.

1992 has to not only be the worst draft in franchise history, it has to be in the running for the worst draft in the history of the NFL.

Bill's had worse drafts - as in Plural - than this one.
 

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Bill's had worse drafts - as in Plural - than this one.
When taking into account the fact that the Patriots began with the #8 overall pick, then either the 6th, 7th or 8th selection of each round after that, in my opinion this one is the worst.

But that's just my opinion.
 

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