In recent years, the New England Patriots have had as much success at the bottom of the NFL draft as they've had at the top of it. Last season, they featured three seventh-round picks who played a significant role: Julian Edelman (2009), Brandon Deaderick (2010) and Alfonzo Dennard (2012).
The Patriots currently feature 11 first-round picks, eight second-rounders, four third-rounders, five fourth-rounders, five fifth-rounders, six sixth-rounders and seven seventh-rounders on their roster, as well as a whopping 29 who were not drafted at all.
One thing Bill Belichick preaches and practices is that it doesn't matter how players arrive in New England, all that matters is what they do once they get there.
For a team that wins as many games as the Patriots, it's amazing how many of their contributors are found amongst the players no one seems to want.
Let's take a look at a handful of prospects who will be available on Day 3 of the draft and could fit the mold of what the Pats look for at some positions of need.
All stats courtesy of NFL.com.