Bill Belichick has been the centerpiece of the Patriots dynasty since being hired as head coach in 2000. As a member of the Bill Parcells coaching tree, one of his strengths has been the NFL draft. So here we will take a look at the Patriots’ top five draft picks in the Bill Belichick era.
I know you think Tom Brady will be No. 1 on this list, and normally you’d be right. The quarterback from Michigan was drafted in the sixth round, No. 199 overall has won an MVP, two Super Bowl MVPs, and has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times.
Yes, he is the coach’s and the team’s best draft pick ever. So it would be too easy to name him number one.
So I left him off. It makes it more interesting.
Now, Belichick may be a drafting wiz, but he’s had his blunders, too. As the yin and yang symbolizes, there is always a good with the bad. So, while the good have outweighed the bad, there were still some bad picks and I’ve identified the five worst.
This list will alternate. First you will see the fifth worst pick, then the fifth best, then the fourth worst, and so on and so forth. Players drafted low that will be rewarded extra while high draft picks will be heavier penalized.