- Mike Reiss, ESPN New England Patriots reporter
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That's the big takeaway from looking at ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.'s 2008 "re-draft" (Insider content), which is neat to look back on and ask the question, "If teams could do it all over again, who would they pick?"
Other Patriots-based nuggets from Kiper's re-draft:
1. Cornerback Aqib Talib, who went 20th overall to the Buccaneers, would move up to 13th.
3. With the 10th overall selection of the re-draft, Kiper slotted defensive end Chris Long to the Patriots. He was the No. 2 overall pick in the actual draft.
QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: The 2008 draft wasn't one of the best of Belichick's 14-year tenure in terms of quantity, but they got decisive quality of it with Mayo and fifth-rounder Matthew Slater. The players selected between them -- cornerbacks Terrence Wheatley (second round) and Jonathan Wilhite (fourth round), and outside linebacker Shawn Crable (third round) and quarterback Kevin O'Connell (third round) -- didn't stick long-term. But the Patriots also get credit, from this viewpoint, for signing running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis as an undrafted free agent that year.
The New England Patriots got it right with linebacker Jerod Mayo in the 2008 draft.That's the big takeaway from looking at ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.