New England Patriots Lost Drafts of 2006-2008

When New England Patriots traded runningback and 2006 first round draft pick Laurence Maroney to the Denver Broncos on September 14 it marked the end of a spectaluarly failed era of drafting for the team.

The 2006 through 2008 drafts produced only three notable players for the Patriots: Kicker Stephen Gostkowski, starting inside linebacker Jerod Mayo (who may yet prove to be more solid than extraordinary) and borderline starting caliber safety Brandon Meriweather. Of all the other players drafted it is probably only defensive end Le Kevin Smith who was good value. He was a sixth-round draft pick and played in 31 games over three seasons for the team and was a good back up.

Below is the current status (as of today, September 15, according to NFL.com) of the players drafted by the New England in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

New England Patriots draft picks 2006-2008
The following are the players drafted by the New England Patriots 2006 – 2008. They are listed in the order they were drafted by the Patriots.
Still with the Patriots
With other team
No longer in the NFL
2006 2007 2008
Laurence Maroney Brandon Meriweather Jerod Mayo
Chad Jackson Kareem Brown Terrence Wheatley
David Thomas Clint Oldenburg Shawn Crable
Garrett Mills Justin Rogers Kevin O’Connell
Stephen Gostkowski Mike Richardson Jonathan Wilhite
Ryan O’Callaghan Justise Hairston Matt Slater
Jeremy Mincey Corey Hilliard Bo Ruud
Dan Stevenson Oscar Lua -
Le Kevin Smith Mike Elgin -
Willie Andrews - -