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Monday, May 5, 2014
A feel for the 140th 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 140th spot:

2013: RB Stepfan Taylor (Cardinals)
2012: LB Najee Goode (Buccaneers)
2011: LB Gabe Miller (Chiefs)
2010: OT Ed Wang (Bills)
2009: WR Johnny Knox (Bears)
2008: CB Brandon Carr (Chiefs)
2007: CB Brandon McDonald (Browns)
2006:  DE Parys Haralson (49ers)
2005: WR Airese Currie (Bears)
2004: LB Alex Lewis (Lions)
2003: S Derek Pagel (Jets)
2002: S Bobby Gray (Bears)

ANALYSIS: Cornerback Brandon Carr, now with the Cowboys, has been the top player to emerge from this slot. Here's an impressive stat on Carr, who played at Grand Valley State: He has started every possible game in his career between the Chiefs (2008-2011) and Cowboys (2012-2013). That's what any team would like to get out of the 140th player taken in the draft, but as the list shows, it is more of the exception. Defensive end/outside linebacker Parys Haralson has also gone on to have a productive career, while receiver Johnny Knox contributed a bit early for the Bears before tailing off. The book isn't closed yet on Stepfan Taylor in Arizona.