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.
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.