Top 10 Belichick-Era Patriots Draft Successes: #7 Matt Cassel

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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 #7

Name: Matt Cassel

College: Southern California

Drafted: 7th Round, 230th Overall, 2005

Position: Quarterback

Years with Team: 4

Where is he now? Kansas City Chiefs' Starting Quarterback

Comments: In terms of receiving value from a pick, the seventh round selection that the Patriots used on quarterback Matt Cassel in 2005 has certainly got to be ranked up there with the top Patriots draft successes in the Bill Belichick era.  When he first came to the Patriots, despite having very little quarterbacking experience at the collegiate level, Cassel impressed in his first preseason, beating out incumbent back-up Rohan Davey for the final spot on the roster.  While some fans were discouraged by his inconsistent play in the preseason, the Patriots continued to stick with Cassel as the back-up quarterback heading into the 2008 season. It proved to be a valuable move, because when Tom Brady went down for the year, Cassel was able to step in and have a great season, throwing for nearly 3700 yards and 21 touchdowns.  While one could argue against Cassel as the number seven "draft success" by pointing to the fact that he only had one year of production, one should also consider that the Patriots shipped Cassel to the Chiefs following the season for a second round draft choice (Pat Chung).

 

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