New England Patriots Final Draft Report Card

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

New England Patriots Grade -B+ NO RD Name Pos School HT WT 40 Grade
34 2 Chung, Patrick DS Oregon 5112v 212v 4.52v 1.222
40 2 Brace, Ron DT Boston College 6030v 334v 5.47v 1.281
41 2 Butler, Darius DC Connecticut 5103v 183v 4.53v 1.241
58 2 Vollmer, Sebastian OT Houston 6073v 314v 5.22v 1.382
83 3 Tate, Brandon WR North Carolina 5117v 183v 4.45e 1.400
97 3 McKenzie, Tyrone OB So Florida 6015v 243v 4.78v 1.374
123 4 Ohrnberger, Rich OG Penn St 6022v 301v 5.24v 1.800
170 5 Bussey, George OG Louisville 6033v 301v 5.26v 1.800
198 6 Ingram, Jacob LS Hawaii 6027v 232v 5.11v 1.900
207 6 Pryor, Myron DT Kentucky 6002v 319v 5.07v 1.900
232 7 Edelman, Julian WR Kent St 5103v 195v 4.49v 1.900
234 7 Richard, Darryl DT Georgia Tech 6024v 303v 5.04v 1.900

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.

FRANCHISE PICK: N/A
QUICKEST TO START: Patrick Chung
FASTEST TO PRO BOWL: Brandon Tate
BEST IN 3 YEARS: Sebastian Vollmer
OVERRATED: Ron Brace
UNDERRATED: Tyrone McKenzie
PROJECT: Sebastian Vollmer
BEST COLLEGE F.A.: Marcus McClinton (DS)
TOP TALENT SCOUT: Jon Robinson
HUH?: Jacob Ingram

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