New England Patriots: A feel for each pick

A feel for the 244th draft pick

May, 7, 2014
5/07/14
10:15
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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 244th spot:

2013: S Zeke Motta (Notre Dame)
2012: WR Jordan White (Jets)
2011: OT Lee Ziemba (Panthers)
2010: S Kurt Coleman (Eagles)
2009: DT Ricky Jean Francois (49ers)
2008: DE Angelo Craig (Bengals)
2007: RB Jason Snelling (Falcons)
2006: TE Tim Massaquoi (Buccaneers)
2005: RB Noah Herron (Steelers)
2004: WR Derek Abney (Ravens)
2003: DB Norman LeJeune (Eagles)
2002: OT Kevin Shaffer (Falcons)

ANALYSIS: Running back Jason Snelling, defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois and safety Kurt Coleman not only stuck with the teams that drafted them, but went on to carve out a role on Sundays, which makes them the picks that stand out from the No. 244 slot in recent years. At this point in the draft, there isn't much difference between this pick and an undrafted free agent, so a selection like this allows a team to avoid the competition it might face on the undrafted market. If the player makes the roster, special-teams contributions are usually critical. These players often initially find a home on the practice squad.

A feel for the 206th draft pick

May, 6, 2014
5/06/14
10:15
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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 206th spot:

2013: LB Vince Williams (Steelers)
2012: WR LaVon Brazill (Colts)
2011: CB Justin Rogers (Bills)
2010: WR Kyle Williams (49ers)
2009: WR Dominique Edison (Titans)
2008: S Haruki Nakamura (Ravens)
2007: CB Ryan Smith (Titans)
2006: DT Le Kevin Smith (Patriots)
2005: LB Johnathan Goddard (Lions)
2004: WR Mark Jones (Buccaneers)
2003: RB Brock Forsey (Bears)
2002: WR Javin Hunter (Ravens)

ANALYSIS: Last year's 206th pick, linebacker Vince Williams, started 11 games for the Steelers and is projected to fill the role in 2014. So while one wouldn't expect teams to land a front-line starter at this spot in the draft, it isn't out of the question. Usually, it's more of a role player. Haruki Nakamura was a productive special-teamer for the Ravens before moving on to Carolina. Cornerback Justin Rogers filled in when injuries struck in Buffalo (he's now a free agent) and Colts receiver LaVon Brazill showed some flashes late last season. The last time the Patriots had the pick, in 2006, they got about as good of value as they could expect -- 31 games out of defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith over three seasons before trading him and a seventh-round pick to Denver for a fourth-round pick.

A feel for the 198th draft pick

May, 5, 2014
5/05/14
9:30
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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 198th spot:

2013: DT Chris Jones (Texans)
2012: WR Tommy Streeter (Ravens)
2011: S Tyler Sash (Giants)
2010: WR David Gettis (Panthers)
2009: LS Jake Ingram (Patriots)
2008: QB Andre Woodson (Giants)
2007: C Doug Datish (Falcons)
2006: C Greg Eslinger (Broncos)
2005: TE Joel Dreessen (Jets)
2004: S Keith Lewis (49ers)
2003: LB Cato June (Colts)
2002: LB Tyreo Harrison (Eagles)

ANALYSIS: The Patriots have some recent history at this spot, as they received a solid 2013 season from Chris Jones after claiming him on waivers (the Texans waived Jones and then the Buccaneers picked him up before waiving him so the Patriots could pounce). The Patriots also targeted Hawaii's Jake Ingram as its top-rated snapper in 2009 at this spot to fill the void created by Lonie Paxton's departure, but that didn't work out. Joel Dreessen (2005) and Cato June (2003) are the other notable success stories at 198. Overall, though, it seems fair to say the Patriots would prefer to be at 199. They've had some pretty good success there (Tom Brady, 2000).

A feel for the 140th draft pick

May, 5, 2014
5/05/14
5:00
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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.

A feel for the 130th draft pick

May, 3, 2014
5/03/14
4:00
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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 130th spot:

2013: FB Kyle Juszczyk (Ravens)
2012: S Christian Thompson (Ravens)
2011: RB Jamie Harper (Titans)
2010: LB O'Brien Schofield (Cardinals)
2009: LB Gerald McRath (Titans)
2008: OT Tony Hills (Steelers)
2007: G Josh Beekman (Bears)
2006: WR Domenik Hixon (Broncos)
2005: RB Darren Sproles (Chargers)
2004: LB Brandon Chillar (Rams)
2003: T Lance Nimmo (Buccaneers)
2002: G Travis Scott (Rams)
ANALYSIS: If the Patriots could duplicate the 2005 selection of Darren Sproles, they'd naturally be thrilled. He's the choice that stands out most from this group and is obviously the exception more than the norm. This could be the spot where the Patriots could look for a running back in this year's draft, as it's considered a deep class and there could be good value at this point. O'Brien Schofield, now with the Seahawks, has 11.5 career sacks. Last year's pick, Kyle Juszczyk, contributed on special teams. Domenik Hixon later emerged a bit with the Giants.

A feel for the 93rd draft pick

May, 2, 2014
5/02/14
9:45
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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 93rd spot:

2013: CB Will Davis (Dolphins)
2012: DT Brandon Thompson (Bengals)
2011: DB Chris Conte (Bears)
2010: TE Tony Moeaki (Chiefs)
2009: DT Corey Irvin (Panthers)
2008: LB Phillip Wheeler (Colts)
2007: RB Garrett Wolfe (Bears)
2006: TE Dominique Byrd (Rams)
2005: OT Trai Essex (Steeelers)
2004: LB Keyaron Fox (Chiefs)
2003: RB Chris Brown (Titans)
2002: G Terrence Metcalf (Bears)

ANALYSIS: Outside of linebacker Phillip Wheeler, now with the Dolphins, there have been few players to emerge from the No. 93 slot in recent years. Tight end Tony Moeaki had a productive rookie season (47 catches, 3 TDs) for the Chiefs in 2010 before injuries knocked him off course. The Patriots have had the 93rd pick once, selecting defensive back Darren Anderson of Toledo in 1992. Anderson only played one game with the Patriots, but went on to play seven NFL seasons while appearing in 74 career games.

A feel for the 62nd draft pick

May, 1, 2014
5/01/14
9:45
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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.

A feel for the 29th draft pick

April, 30, 2014
4/30/14
1:45
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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 29th spot:

2013: WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Vikings)
2012: S Harrison Smith (Vikings)
2011: OT Gabe Carimi (Bears)
2010: CB Kyle Wilson (Jets)
2009: WR Hakeem Nicks (Giants)
2008: DL Kentwan Balmer (49ers)
2007: G Ben Grubbs (Ravens)
2006: C Nick Mangold (Jets)
2005: CB Marlin Jackson (Colts)
2004: WR Michael Jenkins (Falcons)
2003: LB Nick Barnett (Packers)
2002: OT Marc Colombo (Bears)
1997: CB Chris Canty (Patriots)

ANALYSIS: This was the same pick the Patriots had in 2013 and we quickly got a feel for what it could command in a trade -- second-round, third-round, fourth-round and seventh-round selections. If Bill Belichick can pull off the same type of deal in this year's draft, which is widely viewed as deeper, he'd likely pounce unless a player unexpectedly slid down the board. In terms of players selected at No. 29, Cordarrelle Patterson, Harrison Smith, Hakeem Nicks, Ben Grubbs and Nick Mangold have been (or were) difference-makers for their clubs. Like every other pick, there are also some misses. Gabe Carimi was a disappointment for Chicago, while Kentwan Balmer didn't pan out in San Francisco. One final point to make about the 29th pick is the value it has relative to the top pick in the second round, No. 33, because it comes with a maximum contract length of five years compared to four for the rest of the draft.

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