New England Patriots: Top 10 Draft-Day Decisions in Franchise History


Published: April 10, 2009


... draft decisions in Patriots history. Some of the first names to go through my mind were Tom Brady, John Hannah, Stanley Morgan, and Randy Moss.

With a little further research, I have my final list. Voilà!


10. DE/OLB Willie McGinest (1994, round one)

Selected with the fourth overall pick of the 1994 draft, McGinest was a monster defensive end and linebacker for the Patriots for 12 seasons. In his Patriots career, McGinest compiled 269 tackles and 78 sacks.

McGinest was on board with the Patriots for all three Super Bowl championship victories before leaving for the Cleveland Browns after the 2005 season. In his 12-year tenure with the Patriots, McGinest missed only 31 games.

McGinest was a workhorse, and he was one of the best defensive players of the past decade for the Patriots, anchoring some very talented defensive teams.


9. QB Steve Grogan (1975, round five)


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