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Patriots draft busts in secondary, at receiver

The Patriots have for the most part failed under Bill Belichick when it comes to drafting wide receivers, cornerbacks, and safeties. Greg A. Bedard looks at the most notable disappointments:

Secondary

PLAYERPOS.YEARROUND/PICKN.E. GAMESN.E. STARTS
Guss ScottS20043 (95)52
Not big enough vs. run, not good enough in coverage.
Brandon MeriweatherS20071 (24)6440
Debatable. Cut before end of rookie contract. Average instincts/angles.
Terrence WheatleyCB20082 (62)111
Showed some promise but had injuries that kept him off the field.
Jonathan WilhiteCB20084 (129)5415
Not bad production for draft slot but wasn’t more than average. Didn’t play to timed speed.
Darius ButlerCB20092 (41)298
Two seasons. Flashed early with physical attributes but lacked instincts, confidence.
Patrick ChungS20092 (34)5029
Looked the part of versatile, physical safety. Always hurt and late on reads.
Devin McCourtyCB20101 (27)4646
Only a disappointment if targeted as No. 1 corner. A good player now settled at safety.
Ras-I DowlingCB20112 (33)82
Two seasons, two IR stints. Hasn’t been healthy, like college. Does he want it?

Receivers

PLAYERYR.ROUND (PICK)N.E. GAMESCATCHESYDSTDS
Bethel Johnson20032 (45)39304504
Flashed as a rookie but never grasped the offense and had maturity issues.
P.K. Sam20045 (164)2000
Never caught a pass in the NFL for anyone. Never got the system.
Chad Jackson20062 (36)14131713
Injured, couldn’t learn playbook, immature. Traded up and passed on Greg Jennings. Worst Belichick pick.
Brandon Tate20093 (83)18244323
Two seasons. Had health and playbook issues. Had no feel for running routes.
Taylor Price20103 (90)43410
Health, instincts were problems. Jaguars think he has chance with ADHD treated — if he stays healthy.
Jeremy Ebert20127 (235)0000
No-harm, no-foul pick. Besides two weeks on Eagles’ practice squad, unsigned most of ’12.

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