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A feel for the 91st draft pick

4/24/2013

The Patriots have the following draft picks in 2013:

1. 29th overall

2. 59th overall

3. 91st overall

7a. 226th overall

7b. 235th overall

Highlighting some of the recent players picked in the 91st spot:

2012: OT Lamar Holmes (Falcons)

2011: LB Akeem Dent (Falcons)

2010: LB NaVorro Bowman (49ers)

2009: WR Deon Butler (Seahawks)

2008: TE Jermichael Finley (Packers)

2007: OT Mario Henderson (Raiders)

2006: DE Frostee Rucker (Bengals)

2005: OT Chris Colmer (Buccaneers)

2004: DL Anthony Hargrove (Rams)

2003: TE Visanthe Shiancoe (Giants)

2002: RB Brian Westbrook (Eagles)

1999: S Tony George (Patriots)

1997: DE/LB Mike Vrabel (Steelers)

ANALYSIS: The hope is to land a starter at this point, but as the results have shown, it's a mixed bag. The best player in the group is LB NaVorro Bowman, who was a steal at 91 and dropped likely because he was considered to be undersized (6-foot-0, 242 pounds) when coming out of Penn State. That's a good snapshot of the 91st pick -- any player still on the board is going to have something that led to him slipping to this point, but teams will look for special traits that could help them overcome it. TE Jermichael Finley is another example of this; no one was questioning his athleticism, but he didn't have much experience after entering the draft after his third-year sophomore season. The most recent 91st pick, OT Lamar Holmes, is a candidate to start at right tackle for the Falcons following the release of veteran Tyson Clabo.