The 10 best draft choices by the Patriots since 2000

Tom Brady has been a part of six Super Bowl-winning teams with the Patriots. [Image Source: Flickr | Keith Allison]
Tom Brady has been a part of six Super Bowl-winning teams with the Patriots. [Image Source: Flickr | Keith Allison]

The most-successful franchise in the 21st century have had some excellent draft picks, but Tom Brady is the obvious choice to lead the way.

After looking at the best recent draft picks for 27 teams, it’s now time to look at the Patriots who have the 32nd pick in this month’s draft. Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports has them selecting edge rusher Chase Winovich out of Michigan with that pick.

All football fans are aware of the amount of success that the Patriots have had in the 21st century. They have reached the playoffs in 16 of 19 seasons, made nine Super Bowls, and won six of them. During that time, they have made some excellent draft choices led by a well-known quarterback who was selected in 2000.

Note: Only time with the Patriots is considered for this list. Where they were drafted makes a difference - meaning this isn't exactly a "top-ten players drafted by New England" list. Some late-round draft picks that didn't quite make the list but had solid careers with the team include Jarvis Green (fourth round, 2002), David Givens (seventh round, 2002), Stephen Gostkowski (sixth round, 2006), Matthew Slater (fifth round, 2008), Marcus Cannon (fifth round, 2011), James White (fourth round, 2014), Trey Flowers (fourth round, 2015), Shaq Mason (fourth round, 2015), and Elandon Roberts (sixth round, 2016).

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Tom Brady, QB - 6th round, 199th overall (2000); time with Patriots: 2000-present

A 207-60 record as a starting quarterback in the regular season. Six Super Bowl rings. An extraordinary career that seen him throw for 70,514 yards and 517 touchdowns. Getting ready for his 20th season with the Patriots, Brady is seen as many as the best quarterback of all-time. CBS Sports reported how a recent Instagram comment by Brady suggests that his long-time tight end Rob Gronkowski comes out of retirement.

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Rob Gronkowski, TE - 2nd round, 42nd overall (2010); time with Patriots: 2010-2018

Announcing his retirement in the offseason, Gronkowski will go down on the short list of best tight ends to ever play the game. The five-time Pro Bowler (also four times a First Team All-Pro) caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns during his extraordinary career.

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