Beyond super talented LB Jerod Mayo (the best rookie backer I've seen in two decades), the Pats had little to show for their drafting efforts. QB Kevin O'Connell, LB Shawn Crable, DC Terrence Wheatley and Jonathan Wilhite all show promise. WR/DB Matt Slater looked seriously overmatched in all roles
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As always, I admire the way the Patriots led by Bill Belichick runs their player drafts. Their sense of timing and ability to establish value for prospective players is something to behold. I believe the 2009 draft was no exception with a number of very interesting draft selections. I gave a thumbs up on the selection of Chung, Butler, Vollmer, Tate, McKenzie, Bussey Pryor, Edleman and Richards and only questioned three of the clubs twelve selections. I really liked Chung' game. He's fast, physical and extremely versatile. Both Darius Butler and Sebastian Vollmer are at least a season away from contributing, but I like their upside. Brandon Tate was injured in mid season and has some well documented off the field problems, but this guy can really run and is a very dangerous kick and punt return man. McKenzie is a triple transfer who showed good playing production and should contribute quickly on special teams. Time will tell, but I have a feeling that a number of the players drafted less than two weeks ago will help this club return to the promised land.