Patriots' track record drafting receivers
You with the third. Best wide receiver as they've ever drafted and audiences to listen and think I guess you wouldn't -- the third best wide receiver -- Bill Belichick correct that the draft. Wrapped Politico it. I -- point yeah Julian Edelman. Real well here the players it drafted. What it might order. Deion Branch David Givens Julian settlement. Bethel Johnson. Brandon Tate Chad Jackson. Taylor priced -- later. Jeremy Ebert. PK Sam. While went -- suck that. You can you. Rapper had a rarity giant drop off after number two in future we wrap around that giant bag of suck I just dropped on your lap. Branch was a good pick and the second round pick that other of that. I would contend in other words. I believe the Patriots. Have targeted. And succeeded. At drafting only one wide receiver and bill Belichick's history that was Deion Branch. They like -- they trapped at the end of the second round he worked out. Score one for them every other one David Givens. Was drafted in the -- the seventh round and remember what they did that with him. There was an injury concern with him and they asked on the pick like for two returns and then took a so David Givens flyer. -- -- Seventh round flier it yet that doesn't really don't. But anyway residency you -- the players you drafted at that position. Our branch givens and Bethel Johnson Brandon -- Chad Jackson Taylor Price Matthew Slater. Jeremy Ebert PK Sam was Chad Jackson won -- -- bag after the next. What makes it worse is that two free agents. Or trades. Aren't that much better. You want the list -- the -- if it's not a full list but it is a partial list of players you have brought in five free agency or trade. At the top of -- ready. Chris Calloway Charles Johnson David Patten war -- small Donald Hayes alerts. I know Donald Hayes was my personal favorite couldn't -- JJ Stokes. Deedrick ward gave up too well. Tim Dwight over the Tim Dwight heroes -- lady you're here. Andre Davis Reche Caldwell Doug Gabriel Jabar Gaffney. Randy Moss Wes Welker Donte' Stallworth Kelley Washington Joey Galloway we Galilee my Greg Lewis Torry Holt. Chad Ochocinco. Anthony Gonzales Brandon Boyd Greg salas. Players out there maybe a handful David Patten certainly Welker and Moss. Guy Gaffney catch and then yeah I guess shore. I mean. -- -- -- -- -- The same team that brought -- those receivers. In the draft and in free agency. We now trust. To fill Wes Welker spot. Like that's that's just hearing you might do what I need to do with the Patriots and tied at places that it could never traffic for the -- told -- that once I mean. Just ridiculous that was you know Rob Gronkowski won't do it that was the termination of that whole thing outscored based on -- track record the position. And I have to turn that around and got it right you know they got two great ones in gronkowski and Hernandez would certainly possible that receiver. But as we're sitting here today -- look at it you say. What's giving us the confidence that we'll get it right this time. Yeah I don't have a lot of confidence book I told all along Mike. That I was OK with them movement movement on from Welker if he then that -- really invest in the tenth or they wanted to philosophical change in the off okay. So you're not itself I am not heartbroken because Wes -- respond. -- on the money yesterday staggering. That they would let him go for those dollars economy staggering. -- -- Just overall clearer on the right I also said. If you're gonna let Welker go oh it doesn't make any sense to replace him with Danny Amendola if you don't you've got. You might as well keep the clock I. Because it's not an indication that the changing Brockman and this idea. They're gonna put him until on the outside. Why wouldn't go out and get a village outside receiver out I. I just again I feel like there is -- -- the obvious that is not the -- one sorry it's too much of an effort all the -- Well because the obvious answer as the top of the market money. This is what they're trying to do they're they're trying to get the best value contract to -- the deal with not the best value players that try to get. You paid this much for that player -- we're gonna pay this much was for this player. And at the end of the -- he'll say we got the better guy and we move to get the better deal that's not. Mean that's what it is still the only reason make it -- that they upgrade. Yeah.
Felger & Mazz look at how the Patriots have fared when drafting and developing receivers