Top 10 Belichick-Era Patriots Draft Successes: #9 David Givens

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[Editor's Note: For the month of April leading up to the draft, Bud Light will be sponsoring the NFL blogs here at SB Nation.  Each day, we'll count down the top 10 Bill Belichick era Patriots "busts" and "booms" in the NFL draft." -Greg

Belichick-Era Patriots Top 10 Successes #9

Name: David Givens

College: Notre Dame

Drafted: 7th Round, Pick 253, 2002

Position: Wide receiver

Years with Team: 4

Where is he now? Out of football due to injury

Comments: While David Givens never put up the flashiest regular season numbers, his production was very good for a 7th round pick.  He never had the best athleticism or the greatest straight line speed.  What he did have: strength, physicality, toughness, solid route running, and great intelligence.  He also had a knack for coming up with clutch plays and scored touchdowns in seven of his eight career playoff games for the Patriots.  Quite simply, not only was Givens a fan favorite, but he just had that ability to score big touchdowns in big moments.  Unfortunately for the Patriots, David Givens left for the Tennessee Titans following the 2005 season on a five year, $25 million contract.  Unfortunately for Givens, he had a bad diagnosis on a knee injury; An injury that ultimately ended his football playing career. 

 

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