The recent trade of Jimmy Garoppolo was no doubt
surprising.Perhaps the craziest part
was that the Patriots only received a second round pick in return.As with most people, the return seemed too
light.I was expecting at least a first
and fourth round pick which was the price the Vikings paid for Sam
Bradford.Shouldn’t a promising young
stud fetch more than an often injured, older vet??
Either way, I’m trying to get myself excited about the early
second round pick the Patriots are likely to get.In honor of this momentous occasion, I
thought it would be relevant to revisit the Patriots second round picks from
the recent past.Maybe this will give us
some kind of idea for how they will utilize the new asset.
-None – We traded out of the second round for Kony Ealy who
was promptly cut.Taking Derek Rivers
early in the Third Round.He hurt his
knee before the season started.
-Cyrus Jones – Pick 60 – He was brought in to provide depth
at CB and primarily to return punts.He
showed he could do neither before hurting his knee before the season this year.
-Jordan Richards- Pick 64 – Many thought he was a reach at
this spot.At least he is still on the
team.Often praised for his smarts, he
has not broken through as a starter, but has contributed as a backup and on
– Jimmy Garoppolo – Pick 62 – I still think this was a good
pick.The Pats got the best of the
second tier of passers in the 2014 draft.Garoppolo provided valuable QB insurance for years and looked marvelous
during Tom Brady’s suspension.
- Jamie Collins – Pick 52 – Drafted as an athlete with
amazing upside, Collins initially delivered and looked like a ten year
linebacker that could do anything.Who
could have known that he was the biggest problem with the defense and we would
win a Super Bowl as soon as we shipped him out of town?
- Aaron Dobson – Pick 59 – No sugar-coating this one.He was a bust.Fighting injuries and the ability to catch
the ball, Dobson couldn’t make it work
- Tavon Wilson – Pick 48 – Initially seen as a huge reach,
the critics were…..probably right.He
plays for the Lions now after not really contributing for the Pats.
- Ras-I Dowling – Pick 33 – The tall, rangy corner came with
injury concerns.Otherwise he would have
been an easy first round pick.He was
injured early and often and never was able to provide any meaningful
- Shane Vereen – Pick 56 – This one was a winner.He was a star as the Patriot’s passing
back.Even if his only contribution was
the last drive in the Super Bowl against the Seahawks, he would have been worth
it.He signed a rich deal as a free
agent with the Giants.
- Rob Gronkowski – Pick 42 – Trading up to rob the Ravens,
Gronk is the best draft pick in second round history.Period.
- Jermain Cunningham – Pick 53 – He wasn’t a total bust and
provided a presence on the edge for a few seasons.However, a reliable, long-term starter he was
- Brandon Spikes – Pick 62 – He was fun to watch as a
downhill run-thumper.He provided a
physical edge, but didn’t make it to a second contract.His second stint was short lived after he
drove drunk and was cut.
- Patrick Chung – Pick 34 – His first stint was disappointing,
but after signing with the Eagles as a free agent, he came back and has been
GREAT.Still a starter in 2017, he is an
expert at covering Tight Ends.
- Ron Brace – Pick 40 – The big bodied DT never really broke
through, although he was on the team a long time. RIP In Peace.
- Darius Butler – Pick 41 – He was much maligned as a
Patriot, but looks to have become a good pro with the Colts.Good for them.
- Sebastian Vollmer – Pick 58 – Great Pick.He was not even invited to the combine, but
he has my vote for the Patriots Hall of Fame.
-None – I can’t remember why we didn’t have a second round
pick, and I doubt anyone has read this far anyways.
Analysis – After looking at this list, I’m not as excited as
I was before.Granted, most of these
picks came at the end of the second round, but many of the earlier ones don’t
inspire much confidence.There are a
couple of GEMS here, but more than a few busts.If we get a solid contributor, I think we have to consider ourselves