O'Connell was drafted in the third round (94th overall) out of San Diego State by the Patriots in the 2008 NFL Draft. O'Connell was very successful at San Diego State, as he was Second Team All-MWC in 2007.
O'Connell was released after coming in for an injured Tom Brady during the preseason game against the Washington Redskins. O'Connell then threw two interceptions.
The Patriots gave no explanation for waiving O'Connell.
O'Connell played in just one career regular season game, passing for 23 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions; he finished with a passer rating of 73.6.
When O'Connell came into the draft, several experts said that O'Connell could be a great player.
Maybe O'Connell was just drafted to the wrong team.