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Thursday, March 31, 2011
A feel for the 60th 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 last 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

A look at some of the recent players picked in those spots have been highlighted. On Saturday, the 193 spot was in focus, and on Sunday it was the 159 spot, followed by 125 and 92 and 74.

Today, it's the 60th spot (second round):

2010: WR Golden Tate (Seahawks)
2009: OT William Beatty (Giants)
2008: CB Patrick Lee (Packers)
2007: C Samson Satele (Dolphins)
2006: RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars)
2005: CB Kelvin Hayden (Colts)
2004: LB Courtney Watson (Saints)

ANALYSIS: The 60th pick has been good to the Patriots over this time period. In 2007, that was the pick that the Patriots traded to the Dolphins for receiver Wes Welker. A steal. Elsewhere, Maurice Jones-Drew emerged as an elite talent, sliding in the draft mostly because of questions about his size. Also, cornerback Kelvin Hayden emerged in his third season as a starter and delivered one of the big plays (interception returned 56 yards for a touchdown) in the Colts' win over the Bears in Super Bowl XLI. The same could be said for any pick in this area -- while much of the draft analysis focuses on the first round, the second round also produces top-notch contributors on an annual basis.