NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko
Do the Patriots follow any trends when drafting players? Do they favor one conference over another? I take a look at some statistics and trends the Patriots have followed when drafting under Bill Belichick.
Here are the statisitcs on how the Patriots have drafted since the 2000 season.
- Since 2000 the Patriots have selected 110 players in the NFL Draft.
QB – 6 - Never have selected a QB before round three and for good reason.
RB - 8 – The Patriots have selected a running back in every round of the draft besides the 5th round. Have not had much success, not counting Ridley or Vereen, the RB to last the longest on the Patriots roster was Patrick Pass.
FB - 1 – Not much to say here.
WR - 9 – Haven’t selected a WR in the 1st, 4th or 6th round. Tend to pick WRs in the late 2nd – 3rd round. Also take late round flyers on guys they can project well to the next level.
TE - 11 – Bill Belichick loves his tight ends, he has taken one in every round of the draft. Has also taken at least one tight end in 9 out of 12 drafts with a gap between 2007-2009 drafts.
OT - 13 – From 2002 – 2008 drafts the Patriots took only four tackles (Kaczur, O’Callaghan, Hilliard, Oldenberg), but have taken five in the last three years.
OG - 5 – It’s very interesting that under Bill Belichick the Patriots have only taken SIX interior offensive lineman out of 110 picks (5.4%). Besides Logan Mankins the earliest an interior lineman has been selected is the 4th round.
OC - 2 (that includes LS Jake Ingram)
DT - 12 – The most likely position to use a 1st round pick on. But since 2004, the Patriots have only selected ONE interior defensive lineman before the 4th round – Ron Brace in 2009.
DE - 6 – The Patriots just don’t take college defensive ends and project them to the same position in the pros. The last time they did it was in 2004 with Marquise Hill.
LB - 12 – Since 2007, the Patriots have taken 12 linebackers. They only have picked a LB in the 1st or 2nd round in two drafts – 2008 and 2010.
CB - 14 – Bill Belichick’s favorite position to draft, the Patriots only have had one draft since the year 2000 where they haven’t selected a defensive back – 2002.
S - 6 – Belichick likes to get his safeties early. Has only taken one safety after the 4th round.
K - 2
P - 1
- Since 2000 the Patriots have only selected four players from Non-Division 1 programs (South Carolina St., William Penn, C. Conn. St., Central Arkansas)
- Have only selected ONE defensive player from a Non D1 program, Markell Carter, last year.
- 83 out of the 110 players drafted have come from BCS conferences (75.4%) .. 85 if you count Marcus Cannon and Marcus Williams who played for TCU, a non-BCS conference team, but played in a BCS bowl.
- Bill Belichick has run twelve drafts for the Patriots, in eight of those he has selected more than one player from the same school.
* The combined records of those programs the year of the draft were 76-25, a .752% winning percentage.
- The Patriots have picked the most players from the University of Florida (6). That’s followed by Notre Dame (5), Georgia (4), LSU (4), Virginia and others (3).
ACC – 11
Big XII – 15
Big East – 8
Big Ten – 12
SEC – 21
Pac 10 – 10
C-USA – 7
Mountain West – 8
WAC – 5
MAC – 3
Independents – 6
Non D1 – 4
- The Patriots have not picked a player from the Sunbelt Conference under Bill Belichick.
- The Patriots have only selected three players from the Big East since Boston College and Miami(FL) departed for the ACC. Darius Butler(UConn), George Bussey(Louisville) and Devin McCourty(Rutgers).
- Have not selected a player from Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Wisconsin or Virginia Tech under Bill Belchick.
- Have only taken one player from Alabama (Brandon Deaderick, 2010)
- A lot gets made of the Bill Belichick coaching connections, Nick Saban, Pat Hill, Kirk Ferentz. But since 2006 the Patriots have only taken two players from teams coached by Saban, Hill and Ferentz. Mike Elgin from Iowa and Brandon Deaderick from Alabama, both were taken in the seventh round.
- Bill Belichick has relied more on coaches who haven’t coached with him directly, Urban Meyer especially.
Picks by Round
1st – 11
2nd – 17
3rd – 13
4th – 16
5th – 13
6th – 18
7th – 22
- The Patriots have only used more than one pick in the 1st round ONCE, that is despite owning more than one pick in the first round five times.