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Saturday, March 26, 2011
A feel for the 193rd draft pick

By Mike Reiss

Now that compensatory draft choices have been awarded by the NFL, the exact spots of each Patriots draft pick is known. Prior to Friday, only the spots in the first, second and third round were solidified.

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

Over the next nine days, a look at some of the recent players picked in those spots will be highlighted, starting today at 193.

2010: RB James Starks (Packers)
2009: G Matt Slauson (Jets)
2008: WR Jaymar Johnson (Vikings)
2007: K Mason Crosby (Packers)
2006: QB Reggie McNeal (Bengals)
2005: DT Jason Jefferson (Saints)
2004: QB Jim Sorgi (Colts)

ANALYSIS: Assuming the Patriots keep the pick -- which is a big "if" given Bill Belichick's willingness to wheel and deal -- this shows that solid value can be found at this point in the draft. James Starks had a solid rookie season for the Packers, and probably would have been drafted higher if not for a shoulder injury coming out of the University of Buffalo. Meanwhile, the Jets also landed a starter in guard Matt Slauson. So the last two years have been good at 193. A bit further down the line, specialists (kicker Mason Crosby in 2007) and developmental quarterbacks (Jim Sorgi in 2004) stuck with their teams and provided value and/or insurance.