2010 NFL Draft one year later: New England Patriots

What can you say when a team takes a kid in the first round and he goes out and makes the pro bowl in year one? Whatever else it is that is a successful draft. This is the team that is the best at drafting. Not only did they draft a pro bowler, but they traded down and got extra picks in 2010 and 2011. That is just genius and it is why Patriots fans can count on at least 10 wins each and every year.

A quick look at the 2010 Patriots draft class:

  • Round One- CB Devin McCourty
  • Round Two- TE Rob Gronkowski
  • Round Two- OLB Jermaine Cunningham
  • Round Two- LB Brandon Spikes
  • Round Three- WR Taylor Price
  • Round Four- TE Aaron Hernandez
  • Round Five- P Zoltan Mesko
  • Round Six- C Ted Larsen
  • Round Seven- DE Brandon Deaderick
  • Round Seven- DT Kade Weston
  • Round Seven- QB Zac Robinson
  • Round Seven- T Thomas Welch

Ok so three of them are no longer with the team: Larsen, Welch, and Robinson. However, when one casts a wide net you pick up some things that will not work out. We dealt with McCourty, so Gronkowski had 42 catches for 546 yards and 10 TD’s. Cunningham made 34 tackles and a sack and forced 2 fumbles. Spikes had 61 tackles but got a four game suspension. Price caught 3 passes in the season finale. Hernandez caught 45 balls for 563 yards and 6 TD’s. Mesko averaged 38.4 yards per punt. Deadrick had 2 sacks but also earned a four game suspension. Weston has his season ended in training camp.

A year ago we felt the Patriots addressed their needs, but did not land any impact players. I say now that they had impacts all over the place.

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