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Top 10 Belichick-Era Patriots Busts: #10 Tyrone McKenzie

Tyrone McKenzie never stepped on the field in the regular season for the Patriots.
Tyrone McKenzie never stepped on the field in the regular season for the Patriots.

[Editor's Note: For the next four weeks, 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.  We'll do one at a time, so today we'll do the number ten "bust," then tomorrow, the number ten "boom." -Greg

Patriots Top 10 Busts

Name: Tyrone McKenzie

College: South Florida

Drafted: 3rd round, 97th overall, 2009

Position: ILB

Years with Team: 1+

Where is he now? Reserve linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Comments: In some ways, it's not really fair to label Tyrone McKenzie as a bust for the Patriots.  After all, he was a pretty highly touted prospect coming out of South Florida, before tearing his ACL and missing his entire rookie season.  He is a very mature and tough individual, and a very dedicated worker.  Unfortunately for McKenzie, after the team drafted Brandon Spikes and a so-so preseason and training camp (with an inability to contribute effectively on special teams), he was let go by the team after just over a year with the team.  While McKenzie's inability to contribute to the Patriots may have been due to poor luck than skill-level, when you're a third round pick and never step foot on the field, you tend to be considered a bust.

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