Patriots' 2009 Second-Day Draft Recap: Ellis Hobbles Out of New England

Andrew CahillSenior Analyst IApril 26, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Wide receiver Amani Toomer #81 of the New York Giants catches a 38-yard pass in front of cornerback Ellis Hobbs III #27 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

 Patriot Pat says...

Yesterday, the Patriots took a very conservative approach to the draft, and it set them up well for day two.

They chose four quality players on the first day, and managed through two first-round trades to effectively move our 124th and 199th picks up to the 73rd and 83rd picks. This gave them four third round picks to start day two.

The most distinctive move of the day was the trade of veteran starter Ellis Hobbs III to Philadelphia in exchange for two fifth round picks.

With that said, here is a recap of the Patriots' second day, and my attempt at grading each pick.

73: Traded

Traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars who drafted Derek Cox, a corner back from William & Mary. The Patriots received the Jaguars 2010 2nd-round pick, and this year's seventh-rounder (232nd overall).

Trading into next year is certainly not a new concept for the Patriots, and this move will continue to help the franchise.

Grade = A-

83: Brandon Tate, WR, North Carolina - 6'0" 183 lbs

Just another example of why we will never truly understand what is happening under the "Grey Hoodie." 

Described by Mike Mayock during the draft as "a first-round talent with problems," Tate tested positive for marijuana at the combine, but where better than New England to help humble a basket case?

He is also "the best return specialist in the draft" according to the NFL network, but on the down side, he is coming off an ACL tear in 2008.

I believe that this is an excellent draft choice for future years, but not this coming one. Do not use Chad Jackson as a comparison when thinking about this choice.

Grade = B+

89: Traded

Traded to the Tennessee Titans. The Titans selected tight end Jared Cook from South Carolina. The Patriots received the Titans' 2010 second-round draft choice.

This is now the second extra 2010 second-round pick the Patriots have acquired today.

Grade = B+

97: Tyrone McKenzie, OLB, South Florida - 6'2" 242 lbs

Can't trade this one!

Finally, a linebacker! One thing we know for sure about McKenzie is his deep seeded family ties (loyalty). He transferred schools twice in attempts to be closer to his mother.

I expect McKenzie will fit in well with New England; obviously, they did pick him.

He is okay in coverage, will hustle to wrap up plays, and has potential to create turnovers. He is most likely more of a two-down player, though, who will come out in nickel situations, according to

Grade = B+

123: Rich Ohrnboberger, G, Penn State - 6'2" 291 lbs

There is always room for improvement and depth on the offensive line. Rich provides strength and youth, and may push someone out of a job. His biggest impact comes from his ability to excel in a zone-blocking system, which is something the Patriots have liked to run in the past and will in the future.

Grade = B-


137: Traded

Traded with the 141st pick to acquire the 123rd pick and the 198th pick from Baltimore.

(Acquired from Philadelphia in trade for Ellis Hobbs III.)

141: Traded

Traded with the 137th pick to acquire the 123rd pick and the 198th pick from Baltimore.

(Acquired from Philadelphia in trade for Ellis Hobbs III.)

170: George Bussey, T, Louisville - 6'2" 306 lbs

Another offensive lineman to add depth to the line and challenge for future spots on the roster. He is a low-ranked tackle in the draft. He could play either guard or tackle, but needs work at both positions before he could make a real impact.

Grade = D+




198: Jake Ingram, LS, Hawaii - 6'3" 232 lbs

Since Lonnie Paxton left, the Patriots signed Dan Haley away from Arizona to perform the long snapping duties. I like the pick of an extra long snapper, and potential future long snapper for the Patriots.

He is a natural leader, and accurate with his snaps, but could stand to get stronger.

Grade = B-



207: Myron Pryor, DT, Kentucky - 6'0" 319 lbs

Another defensive tackle makes me truly wonder the plans for Vince Wilfork in the future. Specifically next year, when his contract is up.

Myron was a four year starter in Kentucky, but he is short, and may be only just decent at stopping the run and pushing the pocket. He would more than likely not play a starting role if Wilfork were to depart after next year. 

Grade = C-

232: Julian Edelman, QB, Kent State - 5'10" 195 lbs

Wow. I have to say that I am truly excited about this kid. He may be a giant sleeper who could make an immediate impact on this team.

Everyone is talking about Pat White, and what he brings to the table, but we really need to look into this kid in a Wildcat type formation. He is fast, runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, and could even play in a slot type receiver roll like Welker.

Grade = A-

234: Darryl Richard, DT, Georgia Tech - 6'4" 290 lbs

Okay, three defensive tackles in one draft before Vince Wilfork's contract year. I really don't think that they plan on keeping him around. 

Darryl had a monster junior year, but his senior year might be why he fell so far in the draft. He as well as the other defensive tackles will surely be fighting for a spot behind Wilfork this year.

Grade = C-


I am definitely thrilled that the Patriots managed to secure two more second-round picks in the 2010 draft. 

Overall, I am satisfied by the Patriots approach, seeing we are currently tight on the cap, and our roster is full of serviceable players.

It still is interesting that with all the trading and talk of bundling picks, we still managed to draft twelve players. 

Andrew Cahill is a true Boston sports fan. Check out his website, "Patriot Pat's Patsies."

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