The 2009 New England Patriots (Late) Draft Analysis: The First Five

Matt ConstantCorrespondent IMay 7, 2009

FOXBOROUGH, MA - MAY 2: Second-round draft pick Terrence Wheatley #22 runs a drill during the New England Patriots Rookie Mini Camp on May 2, 2008 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

I decided to do a 2009 New England Patriots draft analysis a few weeks after the draft. Why? Because I have had time to think the choices through.

Let's not hesitate and get right into it.

1. Patrick Chung: S-Oregon

I love this pick. Chung is a hard-hitting Polamalu clone and he is destined to have a big impact this coming season. He is a great value, and I was pleased the Patriots picked up a consistant player.

Chung will fill the hole where Harrison played. Chung plays a lot like Harrison, he is fast, hard-hitting, and loves the game. As many people say, there is a difference between loving the game and playing the game.

2. Ron Brace: DL-Boston College

This pick actually suprised me. Is Wilfork not going to get a new contract? Are the Patriots changing to a 4-3? Overall this is a strong pick as well. Brace is huge and knows the game.

3. Darius Butler: CB-Connecticut

Biggest steal in the draft, in my opinion. He, like Chung, will have an immediate impact on the Patriots roster. The Pats' are so confident in their picks they traded away Ellis Hobbs.

4. Sebastian Vollner: OL-Houston

Yet another safe draft pick. Expect him to be a back up and be consistant.

5. Brandon Tate: WR-North Carolina

Another big steal. After being injured and then testing positive for drugs, this projected first-round pick's stock fell way down. Down is where the Patriots picked him up, a great value and a great player.  And with Randy Moss, there's to be a mentor, expect not to have anymore problem from him.

6. Tyrone McKenzie: LB-South Florida

What really can I say? He is a LB, a position the Patriots seriously need to fill. Another safe pick.