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Before Cyrus Jones introduction, a trip back in time to Patriots' top-pick intros

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots rookie cornerback Cyrus Jones will take part in the team's traditional photo shoot for the top draft pick Friday (11:45 a.m. ET), which will mark the 23rd time the Kraft family will introduce the team's first selection.

A trip back in time to the first 20 photo shoots sparks memories.

Willie McGinest and Ty Law, the first two, went on to become Patriots Hall of Famers.

Terry Glenn (1996) and Chris Canty (1997), the next two, created more headaches for the coaching staff than anything else.

Robert Edwards (1998) was a reminder of what might have been had a freak knee injury in a beach flag football game not occurred, while Tebucky Jones was the press corner that Pete Carroll has long coveted (current day, think Richard Sherman).

Damien Woody (1999) went on to a fine career, though struggles with the shotgun snap lessened his value to the team; linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer didn't live up to the hype.

Adrian Klemm (2000) was the first pick of the Bill Belichick era, and it didn't necessarily work out as planned.

Richard Seymour (2001) was next. Stud. And the image of him standing with the Krafts with the construction site of Gillette Stadium behind him is an all-timer.

Daniel Graham (2002) and Ty Warren (2003) were understated yet effective.

Vince Wilfork (2004) kept his parents close to his heart, and will one day go into the Patriots Hall of Fame, while Benjamin Watson was wise to the business of the NFL from Day 1.

Logan Mankins (2005) said he bought his first suit for the occasion, while Laurence Maroney and Chad Jackson teamed up the next year, with the Krafts giving Jackson, from the University of Florida, a winter coat instead of a jersey to get him acclimated.

Brandon Meriweather (2007) was all smiles, and trying to show he was turning over a new leaf.

Jerod Mayo (2008) seemed mature beyond his years, which turned out to be the case.

Patrick Chung (2009) and Devin McCourty (2010) are still going strong, although it wasn't until Chung's second stint with the team that he truly emerged.

Nate Solder (2011) towered over everyone, but couldn't have come across any nicer.

Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower (both 2012 first-rounders) were all smiles, as was Jamie Collins (2013). Jones' recent departure in a trade to Arizona serves as a reminder of how fast things can change.

Ditto for Dominique Easley (2014), whose roots on Staten Island, New York, were noted as a positive because of the connection to Joe Andruzzi. Unfortunately for the team, it didn't work out.

And finally in 2015, there was Malcom Brown, who liked the "country" feel of the Patriots' surroundings.

Now it's Cyrus Jones' turn, the story still to be written.