A feel for the 28th draft pick

April, 2, 2011
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Now that compensatory draft choices have been awarded by the NFL, the exact spots of each Patriots draft pick is known.

1a. 17th overall
1b. 28th overall
2a. 33rd overall
2b. 60th overall
3a. 74th overall
3b. 92nd overall
4. 125th overall
5. 159th overall
6. 193rd overall

A look at some of the recent players picked in those spots have been highlighted. The 193 spot was in focus, followed by the 159 spot, 125 and 92 and 74 and 60 and 33.

Today, it's the 28th spot (first round):

2010: DE Jared Odrick (Dolphins)
2009: C/G Eric Wood (Bills)
2008: DE Lawrence Jackson (Seahawks)
2007: OT Joe Staley (49ers)
2006: TE Marcedes Lewis (Jaguars)
2005: DT Luis Castillo (Chargers)
2004: CB Chris Gamble (Panthers)

ANALYSIS: The Patriots owned the 28th pick in 2007, and traded it to San Francisco for a 2007 fourth-round pick and a 2008 first-round pick. So that's a potential barometer for what type of value the Patriots could receive in return for the selection this year. Recapping that deal, the 49ers picked Joe Staley and are happy with him. He's their left tackle and has already signed a long-term contract extension through 2017. Meanwhile, the Patriots traded the 2007 fourth-round pick to Oakland for Randy Moss, and then used the 2008 first-rounder on Jerod Mayo. One could make the case this was the best dual trade of Bill Belichick's Patriots tenure. As for the rest of the players at the No. 28 spot, the Patriots rated Eric Wood highly in 2009, while Marcedes Lewis, Luis Castillo and Chris Gamble have all emerged as front-line players. Lawrence Jackson, the Seahawks' pick in 2008, spent just two seasons in Seattle and is now with the Lions.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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