Found August 25, 2013 on Football Nation:
The New England Patriots are like every other team; they take their chances on young players hoping for high returns on the investment. Some years that investment pays off, such as drafting two star tight ends at the same time in Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski (too bad Hernandez shot himself in the foot).Other prospects don't work out so well, such as receiving disappointments like Bethel Johnson and Chad Jackson. The failures sometimes have much more of an impact on the team than the successes. The lack of an impact runner or receiver can break a team when they need help the most.But leave it to Bill Belichick to take advantage of players in the later rounds of the draft (or undrafted free agents) to find the Tom Bradys of the league. Yes, it was a mere 13 years ago that perhaps the biggest coup in draft history brought the franchise quarterback out of obscurity into NFL fame.Last year, we saw the Patriots featuring two younger running backs, selected in the second round of...
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