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The Best Draft Picks by the New England Patriots

April 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 153

The New England Patriots were established in 1959, as an original member of the American Football League. The Pats joined the NFL in 1970 after the merger. Today, the New England Patriots are one of the most successful teams in the NFL. The best draft picks by the New England Patriots are Andre Tippett, John Hannah and Tom Brady.

No. 3: Andre Tippett, LB, (1982 - 1993)

Andre Tippett was drafted in the second round of the 1982 draft with pick No. 41. Tippett went on to lead the franchise in sacks with 100 and fumble recoveries with 19. He achieved 18.5 sacks in 1984, a franchise record that still stands today, and followed up with 16.5 the next season. He ranks seventh on the all-time sacks list and third in terms of linebackers. The Hall of Famer of 2008 carried with him a defensive presence and playmaking ability that is yet to be matched by any other defensive player for the franchise. Andre Tippett is easily the best pass rusher the Patriots have had.

No. 2: John Hannah, OL, (1973 - 1985)

John Hannah is regarded as one of the best lineman to ever play the game in the NFL. He played with the Patriots for 13 seasons after being drafted fourth overall in the 1973 NFL Draft. He was an immediate starter for the team and from then you could witness his very strong commitment to the game of football. Hannah led the 1978 offensive line that paved the way for an NFL record of 3,165 rushing yards in a season. A player who missed only a handful of games in his career, he carried the team to an AFC title and its first ever Super Bowl.The Hall of Famer made nine Pro Bowl appearances and was known for quickness, speed and power, making him the ultimate offensive lineman to ever play the game. He was the first Patriots player inducted into the Hall of Fame, in 1991, and it will be extremely difficult for anyone to come close to the playing level of a John Hannah.

No. 1: Tom Brady, QB, (2000 - Present)

In the 2000 NFL draft, Tom Brady was selected 199th overall, in the sixth round, by the New England Patriots. After seeing who the player is today, one must wonder why he fell so low in the draft. Brady, who is on the road toward becoming one of the best quarterbacks of all time, has three Super Bowl championships to his credit and is the face of the Patriots' dynasty of the 2000s. Tom Brady transformed averaged players around him into incredible players. In his 12 seasons with the franchise, 10 as a starter, he has carried the team to five Super Bowls and three Super Bowl wins. He holds the record for most touchdown passes in an NFL season and has the best winning percentage of any QB in the Super Bowl era.The player who has been invited to eight Pro Bowls is the single reason for the Patriots winning any of their Super Bowls.

Tom Brady has the luxury of still being an active player in the NFL, and is easily the greatest player ever for the franchise and the best player to be drafted by the New England Patriots.

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