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Thursday, May 1, 2014
A feel for the 62nd draft pick

By Mike Reiss

The Patriots have the following draft picks in 2014:

1. 29th overall
2. 62nd overall
3. 93rd overall
4a. 130th overall
4b. 140th overall (compensatory, can't be traded)
6a. 198th overall (from Eagles)
6b. 206th overall
7. 244th overall

Highlighting some of the recent players picked in the 62nd spot:

2013: RB Christine Michael (Seahawks)
2012: CB Casey Hayward (Packers)
2011: RB Daniel Thomas (Dolphins)
2010: LB Brandon Spikes (Patriots)
2009: DT Sen'Derrick Marks (Titans)
2008: CB Terrence Wheatley (Patriots)
2007: DE Dan Bazuin (Bears)
2006:  CB Tim Jennings (Colts)
2005: CB Bryant McFadden (Steelers)
2004: WR Keary Colbert (Panthers)
2003: S Terrence Kiel (Chargers)
2002: WR Antwaan Randle El (Steelers)

ANALYSIS: The Patriots are familiar with this pick, as this marks the fourth time they've had it in the last seven years (they traded it to Green Bay in 2012). Cornerback Terrence Wheatley didn't pan out, while run-stuffing linebacker Brandon Spikes was a meaningful contributor for four years before departing as a free agent this offseason with little to no resistance from the club. In 2012, Green Bay's Hayward was a rookie of the year candidate, while Tim Jennings and Bryant McFadden are other productive cornerbacks taken in the slot. The Titans' pick of defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks was a solid one, as he recently landing a nice free-agent deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. With talk of the devaluing of the running back position, it's notable that two of the last three years have had prospects at those positions selected at 62. The defending champion Seahawks didn't get much out of Christine Michael (4 games, 18 rushes, 79 yards), but are expecting more in 2014.