2010 NFL Draft day two analysis and results for the New England Patriots is pretty positive. At the 2010 NFL Draft on day two, the Patriots were able to select four players who could potentially provide an impact to the team in the 2010 regular season and beyond. Three of the day two picks for the Patriots were acquired through trades, but getting four players in the second and third rounds combined is one of the better showings in terms of sheer numbers. This allowed them to take a couple of good college players as well as a couple of potential risks with high ceilings should they be able to reach their full potential.
On day two of the 2010 NFL Draft, the first selection for the New England Patriots came at the overall No. 42 pick. With that selection they went with Rob Gronkowski from the University of Arizona. On paper it might seem like Gronkowski is a risk for injury as he missed a lot of time as a college player, but what he provide quarterback Tom Brady is a huge target that stands just over 6’6″ tall on the line. He could be a great pick, but ended up falling to this slot because of durability concerns from other teams. The Patriots had another pick at No. 53 overall where they went for Jermaine Cunningham of Florida. He had a much higher stock last year, but had a rough senior season that brought up questions of his will on the field. It sure sounds like he is a player that plays right into the wheelhouse of Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
New England also had a third draft choice in the second round after some maneuvering, and they used it to take Brandon Spike from Florida. Spikes is an inside linebacker, and actually played beside Jermaine Cunningham in Florida. Belichick must have liked the tandem, and getting them both on the same defense can only serve to motivate both players. Spikes used to be considered one of the best linebackers in college football, but a very poor showing at the 2010 NFL combine cost him an earlier slot in the draft. This could end up being a steal for the Patriots now, as Spikes definitely has the skills and instincts to do well as a run-stopper. He has some discipline problems, but again, that’s not something that will slide in New England.
The final player that the New England Patriots selected on day two of the 2010 NFL Draft was the player who might seem to make the biggest impact out of this draft for them. With the No. 90 overall pick, the Patriots drafted wide receiver Taylor Price out of Ohio University. Price is a really good long ball receiver, and putting him on the field opposite Randy Moss could really stretch out any defense. He is a great receiver and it was a surprise to still see him undrafted this far into the third round on Friday. Look for him to make an immediate impact with the Patriots, and leave quite a few other teams regretful that they didn’t use a pick on him.
The New England Patriots might have some question marks in their draft after two days of selections, but with five rookies taken and eight more picks to their credit on Saturday, they are going to walk away with a huge haul from the 2010 NFL Draft. Even if only half of these picks turn out to be decent, it will give them some very nice additions to a team that is already playoff caliber. The Patriots may not have drafted some of the biggest impact players in the draft, but they have always been about getting the right role players, and from that standpoint this has been an extremely successful 2010 Draft for New England.