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Top 10 Belichick-Era Patriots Busts: #2 Bethel Johnson

[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 Busts #2

Name: Bethel Johnson

College: Texas A&M

Drafted: 2nd round, 45th overall, 2003

Position: Wide receiver / kick returner

Years with Team: 3

Where is he now? Out of Football

Comments: Bethel Johnson was one of the biggest disappointments in Bill Belichick's drafting history with the Patriots.  In his rookie season, Johnson showed tremendous potential as both a kick returner and deep threat.  His kick returns against the Colts in the "Longest Yard" game and his two big catches against the Titans (one a deep touchdown, the other a tremendous run after the catch on a screen for a big first down) in the playoffs sticking out in particular.  In 2004, while he had some long catches and another kick return touchdown, he never developed into the every down receiver the Patriots thought he would. In 2005, he regressed as a kick returner and failed to make any major contributions on offense, part of which may have been due to poor conditioning and general attitude problems.  He was shipped to the New Orleans Saints in the offseason, ending a career plagued by unfulfilled promise. 

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