Top 10 Belichick-Era Patriots Draft Successes: #8 Logan Mankins

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 07: Tight end Aaron Hernandez #85 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Logan Mankins #70 and Stephen Neal #61 after scoring a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 7 2010 in Cleveland Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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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 #2

Name: Logan Mankins

College: Fresno State

Drafted: 1st Round, 32nd Overall, 2005

Position: Offensive Guard

Years with Team: 6

Where is he now? Still with the Team (Under Franchise Tag)

Comments: Some Patriots fans may have animosity towards Logan Mankins, considering his holdout and contract issues he had with the team last season.  But there's no question that Mankins is one of the very best draft picks Bill Belichick has made during his tenure with the Patriots.  The team entered the 2005 draft with a need along the interior offensive line with Joe Andruzzi having departed for the Cleveland Browns via free agency.  And when the Patriots selected Mankins, many saw it as a major reach, as Mankins was widely projected to go somewhere in the late second or third round.  Nonetheless, the Patriots made the bold pick, and Mankins immediately stepped into the starting left guard spot, a spot he hasn't let up since.  In his six years with the team, Logan Mankins has never missed a game due to injury.  He's been named to the Pro Bowl squad three times and to the All-Pro roster twice.  The pick of Mankins really showed just how Bill Belichick works off his own board, and that you never know what to expect from him, even when he's on the clock in the first round.

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