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Most Patriots pundits penciled in Patrick Chung as a fiery Rodney Harrison replacement when the Pats selected him in the second round of 2009. Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio raved (via Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe) about Chung after their predraft interview with him, “After 15 minutes, we were ready to run through a wall. It was like ‘sign me up.’ … This is one of these guys, the more you’re around him, you like what you see.”
Like many of the other Patriots draft busts, injuries just never let Chung reach his full potential, and given Chung's size, it should've been more of a concern during the draft process.
Chung was sparingly used in his rookie year, playing just 195 snaps and playing generally solid. In 2010, he was elevated to starter and started the season off with a bang, recording 16 tackles in the opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Chung's best game as a Patriot came three weeks later on Monday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins, where he blocked a punt and field goal, along with returning an interception 51 yards for a touchdown. But Chung would sustain a knee injury in Week 7, miss two games and never be the same player again in 2010.
In 2011, injuries held Chung to just eight regular-season games. He would play in all three playoff games, including a solid performance in Super Bowl 46, but the combination of his playing temperament and injuries allowed the Patriots to let him walk that offseason.
Chung had some memorable moments, good and bad, including the botched fake punt he called in the 2010 AFC Divisional playoff and his split-second-too-late coverage that allowed Eli Manning's pinpoint drive-starting throw to Mario Manningham on the final drive of Super Bowl 46.
20/20 Hindsight: Chung's Oregon teammate Jairus Byrd was selected eight picks after Chung.