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Top 10 Belichick-Era Patriots Draft Busts: #1 Chad Jackson

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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 Busts #1

Name: Chad Jackson

College: Florida

Drafted: 2nd round, 36th overall, 2006

Position: Wide receiver

Years with Team: 2+

Where is he now? Free Agent (cut by Bills in 2010 preseason cut-downs)

Comments: When the Patriots moved up to select receiver Chad Jackson in the beginning of the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, it was lauded by many as an extremely great move for the receiver needy Patriots.  David Givens had just departed to the Tennessee Titans, Deion Branch was in the middle of contract issues, David Patten was no longer there, and Troy Brown was in the twilight of his career.  Jackson had been regarded by many as the top receiver in the draft; he combined excellent hands and quickness with premier speed and production.  He was seen as a can't miss prospect.  This made it ever so surprising that he was such a miss.  Jackson suffered a hamstring injury in the preseason as a rookie, but exploded onto the scene with two catches for 42 yards and a touchdown against the Jets in week two.  Unfortunately, that performance would be his best game as a Patriot, as a groin injury would slow him down the remainder of his rookie season.  In the AFC Championship game against the Colts, Jackson suffered a torn ACL and that resulted in him being placed on the PUP list to start the 2007 season.  In 2008, with a void left by the departed Donte Stallworth, Jackson was once again expected to step up into a starting role.  Unfortunately, Jackson never seemed to get on the same page as Tom Brady, and was ultimately cut at the end of the preseason (after initially making the 53 man roster).  Ouch!


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