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Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Can Pats replace Moss with 3rd round pick?


MossIt's being reported that the New England Patriots received a third-round draft pick in 2011 from the Minnesota Vikings in return for Randy Moss. That gives New England -- a team known for stockpiling picks and drafting well -- two selections in each of the first four rounds in next year's draft.

What can the Patriots expect from a third-round pick? In the modern history of the NFL Draft, two players drafted in the third round won an AP NFL MVP award, and eight players have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The best of the best include Joe Montana, Dan Fouts, Art Shell and Russ Grimm.

Since Bill Belichick took over in 2000, New England has made 11 picks in the third round -- including the very successful 2005 draft, when the Patriots landed CB Ellis Hobbs and OT Nick Kaczur.

Since 2000, 23 players drafted in the third round have won a Super Bowl, including three that the Patriots picked themselves. If the Vikings make the playoffs as they're pushing to do by making this move, New England would be picking at the end of the round. Among players drafted since 2000 in the bottom 12 of the third round: Brian Westbrook, Matt Schaub and Mario Manningham. So there is definitely talent to be found.

OwensIf the Pats are looking to replace Moss, teams have had success with wide receivers in round three. Some of the best pass catchers in recent memory have gone in the third round, including John Taylor, Antonio Freeman, Hines Ward and Terrell Owens. That quartet has appeared in eight Super Bowls, winning six of them, and have combined for 10 All-Pro selections, including six on the first team.