In the 2003 NFL draft, the New England Patriots used a second-round pick on Bethel Johnson, even while Anquan Boldin, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Witten were still available. The next year, they used a first-rounder on Ben Watson, who never became the dominant tight end they envisioned.
Both mistakes were bad ones. But the Patriots have made worse.
Since their inception in 1960 and introduction to the NFL in 1970, the Patriots have had their share of miserable draft days. Sometimes they've flubbed up on a single pick. Other times, they stumbled their way through an entire draft.
Here's a rundown of the 10 worst draft mistakes the Patriots have committed. In the ranking process, weight was given to higher-round selections—there's less excuse to miss on an early pick than a late one—and to the picks following the selection, as it's a bigger mistake to choose an average player over a Hall of Famer than a bad player over an average one.
Here are the top 10 New England draft mistakes, and let's hope this April doesn't provide another candidate for the list.