In response to DoNotSleepOnThePats' comment:
In Mike Reiss's mailbag today, someone said Belichick has been dreadful at drafting and Reiss came back with a fair and reasonable response. This was geared towards Belichick's poor drafting of DBs, which I agree with.
"I think dreadful is too strong a word. Dreadful is trading up to the No. 5 spot in the 2009 first round to select quarterback Mark Sanchez (Jets). Dreadful is taking linebacker Rolando McClain eighth overall in 2010 (Raiders). Dreadful is taking offensive tackle Jason Smith No. 2 overall in 2009 (Rams). Dreadful is selecting linebacker Aaron Curry No. 4 overall in the 2009 draft (Seahawks). I could go on, but here's what I'd say about Belichick's draft record: He doesn't miss too often on the first-rounders that often make up the core of a team, but the second and third rounds have been trouble spots for him. I don't think that's dreadful. That probably puts him in the same category as most of his competitors, and then when considering what he's done with some later-round picks and undrafted players, he's still doing well."
No GM hits on all their draft picks. Hell, the 49ers had to trade their first round pick from last year to Kansas City because he contributed nothing as a wide receiver. The Eagles just cut their first round pick from last year, Danny Watkins because they reached on a 28 year old guard who didn't start playing football until he was 22. But man, does this forum produce a ton of complainers about Belichick's drafting acumen.
Sorry...no sale. Reiss is just trying to temper his criticisms. Sure, there are teams that have done worse...and it's reflected in their years of futility. But, BB's drafting recod since 2006 is terrible, no matter how you slice it. Again, here's the list of BB draft busts, since 2006:
1.) 2006: RB Laurence Maroney, the 21st overall pick in 2006, WR Chad Jackson, the 36th player selected overall, TE David Thomas, the 86th overall player taken, and TE Garrett Mills, the Pats' 106th overall pick;
2.) 2007: FS Brandon Meriweather, the 24th overall pick;
3.) 2008: CB Terrence Wheatley, the 62nd overall pick, OLB Shawn Crable, the 78th overall pick, and QB Kevin O'Connell, the 94th overall selection in 2008;
4.) 2009: SS Patrick Chung, the 34th overall player selected, DT Ron Brace, the 40th player selected, CB Darius Butler, the 41st overall selection, WR Brandon Tate, the 83rd overall selection, and LB Tyrone McKenzie, the 97th overall pick;
5.) 2010: DE Jermaine Cunningham with their 53rd overall pick, WR Taylor Price, 90th overall pick;
6.) 2011: CB Ras-I Dowling, 33rd overall;
7.) 2012: S Tavon Wilson, 48th overall, DE Jake Bequette, 90th overall;
8.) 2013: It's very early, but does anybody from this draft class appear to be an impact player?
So...since 2006, BB has had two (2) busts with #1 picks, in 2006 and 2007, busts with three super high second rounders in 2006, 2009 and 2011, along with five (5) other 2nd round misses - EIGHT (8) overall, and six (6) third round misses (not counting Mills, who was a high 4th round pick)....thats' 16 misses on picks in the first through third round in seven years. Horrible. Time to bring in a draft consultant for BB, and/or completely revamp the scouting process, and methods of player selection.
It was BB decision against the advice of his staff to draft Maroney, RB's he could have drafted: