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Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- New England Patriots

Updated on May 11, 2015

These guys were brought in to help the team win, but couldn't accomplish anything on the field. Today I rank the top five worst draft picks by the New England Patriots.

5. Tony Eason

"Champaign Tony" took New England to a Super Bowl, but his career before and after that was nothing special.

At Illinois, Tony Eason became one of the greatest quarterbacks in school history. He holds many school records including career yards per game, career passing efficiency, and consecutive pass completions.

Eason was selected 15th overall in 1983. Sure he started in Super Bowl XX and played pretty well early in his career. But his career after 1985 is very forgettable. He never started five games in a season again afterwards. Eason also gets major deductions for being taken one pick after Jim Kelly, and 12 picks in front of Dan Marino. He spent two final years with the Jets before retiring in 1990.

4. Brandon Meriweather

He had success in New England, but the team didn't see him as an important part of the defense.

At Miami, Brandon Meriweather was a two time Jim Thorpe Award finalist. He left school with the record for most tackles by a defensive back with 293.

Meriweather was selected 24th overall in 2007. It didn't take long for him to get on Bill Belichick's bad side. In 2010, was not part of the Patriots base defense due to him freelancing during training camp. While he was a two time pro bowler, Belichick must have saw Meriweather as a liability in the defense after he was cut during training camp in 2011. Meriweather has played for two other teams since but has not been the playmaker he was expected to be.

3. Laurence Maroney

He was drafted to be the future workhorse back, but injuries allowed others to take his place.

At Minnesota, Laurence Maroney split time with Marion Barber and Gary Russell. Despite this, he became the first Golden Gopher in history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons.

Maroney was selected 21st overall in 2006. After splitting time with Corey Dillon as a rookie, Maroney was named the starter in 2007. He never played a full season for the Patriots. He dealt with a groin injury in his first year as a starter and missed almost all of 2008 with a shoulder injury. With the emergence of Benjarvis Green-Ellis, Maroney was delegated as a backup and was traded to Denver in 2010.

2. Chris Singleton

He was drafted high, but was nothing more than a backup.

At Arizona, Chris Singleton was a force at outside linebacker.

Singleton was drafted eighth overall in 1990. Along with Ray Agnew, it became known as one of the worst pair of first round picks ever. Singleton only managed four sacks in four years with the team. He was traded to Miami in 1993 and retired four years later. To think the team passed on the future all time leading rusher in Emmitt Smith has to sting New England fans even more.

1. Ken Sims

He was a diva who didn't have the ability to match his attitude.

At Texas, Ken Sims spent his freshman year learning the basics of the tackle position. He spent his sophomore year behind Steve McMichael and Bill Acker, before becoming a force his junior year. As a senior, he won the Lombardi Trophy as the nation's top lineman.

Sims was selected first overall in 1982. He never lived up to the expectations of a first overall pick. He only played the full 16-game schedule once, and played 74 career games with only 17 sacks over eight NFL seasons. Sims was given the nickname "Game Day" when he explained his lack of interest in practice by saying "I'll be there on game day." Shortly after his 1990 arrest for cocaine possession, the Patriots released the out of shape linebacker.

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      Kevin Goodwin 

      3 years ago

      I don't know who is the worst, they were all terrible.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for the walk down memory lane.


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