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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 #4
Name: Asante Samuel
College: Central Florida
Drafted: 4th Round, 120th Overall, 2003
Years with Team: 5
Where is he now? Philadelphia Eagles cornerback
Comments: Love him or hate him, there is no denying that the selection of Asante Samuel was a huge success for the New England Patriots. Seen as a mid-round prospect by most experts, the Patriots snagged Samuel in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. That year, he came up with a couple of big plays, the most notable being his pick-six against the Jets. Samuel always had a nose for the ball, he was on two Super Bowl winning teams, and was a dropped interception away from earning his team another one. Ouch. In all seriousness, despite some of the contract issues and misconception of Samuel as a shut down corner, any time you get an All-Pro Super Bowl winning cornerback who was an absolute ballhawk in the fourth round, it is going to be considered a big time success. Samuel therefore checks in at number four on the list. Had he remained around a little longer, he could have been higher.
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