Saturday, April 25, 2015

Picking at 32

With the NFL draft coming up - I thought I'd take a look at what sorts of players historically have been taken with the 32nd pick of the draft in order to get an idea of the quality of player that may be coming New England's way.

2014 - QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville (pretty good value for the Vikings)
2013 - SS Matt Elam, Florida (has started 26 of 32 regular season games for Baltimore)
2012 - RB David Wilson, Virginia Tech (more fumbles than touchdowns and just 504 yards rushing for Giants)
2011 - OL Derek Sherrod, Mississippi St. (has started just one game in 4 seasons for the Packers)
2010 - DB Patrick Robinson, Florida St. (basically a spare part nickel back for the Saints)
2009 - DT Evander Hood, Missouri (had just 9.5 sacks in 5 seasons with Steelers was with Jaguars last season)
2008 - DB Kenny Phillips, Miami (started 41 games in 5 seasons with Giants was a reserve for Saints in 2014)
2007 - WR Anthony Gonzalez, Ohio St. (drafted by Colts only played parts of 5 seasons - out of NFL since 2011)
2006 - DE Mathias Kiwanuka, Boston College (solid pick - has averaged over 4 sacks per year since being drafted by Giants)
2005 - OL Logan Mankins, Fresno St. (6-time Pro Bowler for Patriots)

Not a very encouraging collection of players for Patriots fans. Silver lining is that best pick of the bunch was pulled off by New England.

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