When the Patriots visit the Ravens tonight, it will provide a stage to reflect on a 2003 draft-day trade between the teams.
That year, the Patriots had the 19th overall selection in the draft. That was their original pick after finishing the 2002 season at 9-7.
Having already selected DL Ty Warren at No. 13 -- the team had acquired an additional first-round pick from the Bills for QB Drew Bledsoe and traded up one spot to nab Warren -- the Patriots traded the 19th overall selection to the Ravens. In exchange, the Patriots received a 2003 second-round pick that they eventually turned into S Eugene Wilson, as well as a 2004 first-round pick (NT Vince Wilfork). The Ravens selected QB Kyle Boller, who starts tonight but has yet to emerge as a true No. 1 quarterback.
In assessing the trades made by coach Bill Belichick and vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli since they took over the Patriots' football operation in 2000, we'd rank that at No. 4.
Our top 5:
HONORABLE MENTIONS: In 2002, traded QB Drew Bledsoe to the Buffalo Bills for a 2003 first-round draft choice. ... In 2003, traded DB Tebucky Jones to the Saints for 2003 third-round and seventh-round picks, and a 2004 fourth-round selection, added chips that helped the Patriots move around for other trades. ... Traded a 2004 fourth-round pick to the Bears for NT Ted Washington.
Later today, we'll take a look at the top five trades that did not work out as hoped for the Patriots.