2009 NFL Draft Stories: The Time is Now for the Patriots to Re-load

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Published: March 30, 2009

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... won three Super Bowls (2001, 2003, and 2004) and were the Super Bowl Runner Up once (2007's 19-1 season).   In the book "The Blueprint" author Christopher Price detailed how the head coach Bill Belichick, and VP of Player Personnel Scott Pioli created a salary cap era dynasty through the draft and signing inexpensive veteran free agents. Their 2003 (DE Ty Warren, S Eugene Wilson, CB Asante Samuel and C Dan Koppen) and 2005 (Logan Mankins, Ellis Hobbs, Nick Kaczur, James Sanders and Matt Cassell) drafts  among the best drafts in the past decade.   In addition, the 2000 selection of QB Tom Brady in the 6th round is one of the all-time best draft picks. 

Yet in recent years the Patriots have veered from the build through the draft strategy signing big ticket free agent LB Adalius Thomas and trading for Randy Moss in 2007 (Moss was then signed to a luc...

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