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.