they could have pissed away something like 60 picks since 2006 on Hall of Famer high rounders like Lawrence Maroney, Chad Jackson, Brandon Meriwether, Kareem Brown, Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty and Nate Solder[/QUOTE]
Putting Chung, McCourty and especially Solder on that list is as bad as putting Powell, Kerley, Conner, and McKnight on your Jet's great pick list.
If you want to bash the Pat's draft history, fine. There's certainly plenty to criticize. Just don't make up "facts".
Here's the truth:
[QUOTE][B]New England Patriots best, Cleveland Browns worst at finding All-Pros in the NFL Draft:[/B]
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The New England Patriots and Cleveland's old friend, Bill Belichick, find more stars through the NFL Draft than any other team
Fifteen AP All-Pros from 2002-11, excluding special-teams players, were drafted by the Patriots since quarterback Rich Gannon in 1987, dating back to before Belichick was the coach. Not surprisingly, the Patriots have won more games than any other team over the last 10 seasons.
Conversely, the Browns have found the fewest All-Pros in the draft -- they were absent from the draft from 1996-98 -- and own the NFL's second-worst record over the last decade.
Excluding undrafted and special-teams players, 232 different draftees since Jerry Rice in 1986 became an All-Pro at least once over the last 10 seasons.
This will come as no shock, but a team's ability to find eventual All-Pros in the draft and its winning percentage is no coincidence.
The chart below shows the number of All-Pros and the team originally drafting each.[/QUOTE]
The chart shows the Pat's at #1 with 15 all-Pros drafted and [B]the Jets are 13th with 8[/B]. No coincidence that the Patriots are a league best 123-37 win/losses and the Jets are a .500 team at 80/80.[/QUOTE]
I get Abe,Revis and Mangold who are the other 6?? :confused: Forget Abe he was 2000..
I'd even agree with WelkheadPatrollie about 2002-2005 in which the Pats with Pioli having the final say drafted extremely well and built the nucleus (except for the one man team drafted in 2000) of a winning record.
You would also note that in those drafts, the Pats selected players with virtually every one of those picks and didn't engage in smartalecky trade downs for late rounders and next year futures...
In 2006 that all changed when Kraft caved in to Beli, kicked Pioli upstairs and allowed Beli to make all final personnel decisions...
since 2006 the Pats drafts have (despite nearly 60 picks) been pretty abyssmal...
they have drafted about all pro caliber players (Gronk, Mayo, Gostkowski (a kicker so it doesnt really count) and about 40 total whiffs.
none of those are remotely close to the caliber of just two of Tannenbaum's draft home runs, Revis and Mangold