Re: What is the best draft pick/trade/signing the Pats have made?
posted at 4/4/2014 10:06 AM EDT
In response to FillmoreWest's comment:
Realizing how depressing my other thread was, I decided to do the opposite...
The Moss trade is an easy one but looking back on it, every team in the NFL was nuts for letting Moss go to the Pats for only a 4th round pick. The Pats were smart but got lucky...
My favorite is 2003: Pats trade 1st rd 18th overall (Kyle Boller) to Ravens for 2003 2nd rd 36th overall(Eugene Wilson) and 2004 1st rd 21st overall (Vince Wilfork)
Wilfork is obviously one of the best players the Pats have ever had and Wilson was a starter and key to those 2 superbowl wins. Considering the Ty Warren pick that year from the Bledsoe trade, that was a HUGE draft for the Pats.
This is a silly thread, only because the answer is so obvious...Tom Brady, 6th round pick in 2000 draft, #199 overall. I doubt that the Pats will ever make a better personnel decision. Tom was right when he told Bob Kraft, "I'm the best decision that this organization has ever made."
Now...if you want to name the best personnel move in each classification, the best trade the Pats ever made also happened: In 2000, the Patriots surrendered the No. 16 overall selection to hire Bill Belichick from the Jets, with both teams exchanging some lower-round picks, too. The No. 16 pick ended up traded to San Francisco in a deal that allowed the Jets to take Shaun Ellis — a productive player for many years for New York: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/15/recalling-the-patriots-trade-for-bill-belichick/
The best free agency signing in Patriots history was the signing of LB Mike Vrabel from the Steelers in 2001.