Thursday, January 28, 2010
What Carroll's Patriots did in draft
By Mike Sando
Facebook friend William asks: I know you have covered John Schneider's drafts on the blog already but maybe you could cover Pete Carroll's drafts the three years he was with New England? I don't know what say he had in the draft at that time, but it could reveal something?
Mike Sando: Yeah, we can take a look. Carroll insisted on having personnel powers in Seattle largely because he felt doomed by the lack of power he wielded in New England. We can then assume the Patriots didn't always pick the players Carroll would have picked. We might also consider that Carroll has probably changed some since then.
But if nothing else, we can gain some perspective. The Patriots drafted five players in the first round -- all between the 17th and 29th picks -- when Carroll was coach from 1997 to 1999. Then-center Damien Woody, running back Robert Edwards, safety Tebucky Jones, linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer and cornerback Chris Canty were the first-rounders.
The Patriots used 27 total draft choices during that time. Woody and 1999 seventh-rounder Sean Morey eventually earned Pro Bowl honors. There were a few good picks along the way -- running back Kevin Faulk was a second-rounder in 1999 -- but quite a few misses as well.
This file contains a spreadsheet with all 27 players New England drafted during the Carroll years. The chart breaks them down by round and position.