Top 10 Belichick-Era Patriots Busts: #4 Terrence Wheatley

FOXBORO MA - AUGUST 12: Coach Bill Belichick yells instructions to Tyrone McKenzie # 44 and Terrence Wheatley # 22 of the New England Patriots during a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium on August 12 2010 in Foxboro Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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Belichick-Era Patriots Top 10 Busts #4

Name: Terrence Wheatley

College: Colorado

Drafted: 2nd round, 62nd overall, 2008

Position: Cornerback

Years with Team: 2+

Where is he now? Reserve for the Jacksonville Jaguars

Comments: Heading into the draft, Terrence Wheatley had a lot of problems surrounding his surgically repaired wrist.  Despite the injury risk, the Patriots pulled the trigger on Wheatley in the second round.  Even when healthy, Wheatley never really panned out the way the Patriots wanted.  Initially, he was outplayed by 4th rounder Jonathan Wilhite.  When he eventually showed some flashes against the Colts as a rookie, he went down for the year with a wrist injury.  In 2009, Wheatley was just active for five games.  In 2010, he had a strong preseason, but suffered a foot injury, missing the first five games of the year.  He was finally active for one game before being waived and claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Wheatley would be ranked higher on the lists of busts, but considering he was burried on the depth chart for much of his Patriots career, he gets a little benefit of the doubt (unlike Shawn Crable, who was taken 16 picks later, had higher expectations, and plenty of chances to get onto the field).

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