In my second post on the draft, I will take a look at some of the picks that the Patriots may hold heading into the 2009 draft.
Currently, they have:
- 1st Round – own pick, proj: 21-32
- 2nd Round – from Chargers, proj: 45-55
- 2nd Round – own pick, proj: 57-64
- 3rd Round – own pick, proj: 89-96
- 4th Round – own pick
- 5th Round – own selection (Ha! I fooled you!)
- 6th Round – own pick
- 7h Round – own pick
That’s not bad. Eight picks including the second rounder we got from the Eagles for the third round (69th overall) this year. However, the real treats are the compensatory selections. From what I’ve gathered, we lost four players who are eligible to be compensatory picks. Eugene Wilson, Randall Gay, Asante Samuel, and Donte Stallworth. We also brought it one player, Sam Aiken, that can take away a pick.
Samuel is a lock to be a third round compensatory selection. At $38 million over 5 years, Donte Stallworth will either be a fourth or a fifth round pick. At over $3 million a year, Randall Gay will likely net us a fifth or a sixth round pick. However, Sam Aiken is a borderline compensation player, which means we could, at worst, end up with a third and fifth round pick. However, if all goes right, the Patriots could end up with a third, fourth, and fifth round compensatory selection.
Our draft could look like this:
- 1st Round: own pick
- 2nd Round: Chargers’ pick
- 2nd Round: own pick
- 3rd Round: own pick
- 3rd Round: compensatory pick
- 4th Round: own pick
- 4th Round: compensatory pick
- 5th Round: own pick
- 5th Round: compensatory pick
- 6th Round: own pick
- 7th Round: own pick
If the above becomes true, that would give the Patriots a total of 11 picks, two each in rounds two through five. While compensatory picks can’t be traded, having the picks earlier in the round can allow us to move around, making some potentially valuable trades. I also wouldn’t rule out moving up in the 1st round if there is a premier player in the top 10 or 15 that the Patriots want. Even if the Pats don’t make a lot of trades, the extra picks we allow us to further the youth movement on both sides of the ball (well hopefully continue it on defense, and get it going on offense… cough… cough… line… cough).
While the draft is still six months away, this certainly gives Patriots fans something to look forwards to.