The New England Patriots will have four compensatory picks at their disposal in the 2019 NFL draft.
It is the maximum allotment. It’s also an allotment that head coach Bill Belichick’s war room, carrying dozen picks in all, is cleared to trade.
But who has entered the league at New England’s upcoming compensatory slots over the past 10 drafts?
Consider the names at Nos. 97, 101, 205 and 252 overall since 2009 only a reference point for what personnel and scouting departments around the league have done.
And also a bit of trivia.
NO. 97 OVERALL
- 2018: Mason Cole, OL, Michigan
- 2017: Cordrea Tankersley, DB, Clemson
- 2016: Rees Odhiambo, OL, Boise State
- 2015: Geneo Grissom, DE, Oklahoma
- 2014: Dri Archer, RB, Kent State
- 2013: Zaviar Gooden, LB, Missouri
- 2012: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
- 2011: Sione Fua, DT, Stanford
- 2010: Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia
- 2009: Tyrone McKenzie, LB, South Florida
New England filled out the draft card for Oklahoma frontman Geneo Grissom at the close of the third round in 2015. The same went for South Florida’s Tyrone McKenzie, now the Tennessee Titans’ linebackers coach, in 2009. As far as the top player to go No. 97 overall over the past decade, Lamar Miller, a fourth-rounder and twice a 1,000-yard rusher, has a case.
NO. 101 OVERALL
- 2018: Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana
- 2017: Brendan Langley, DB, Lamar
- 2016: Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma
- 2015: Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas
- 2014: Jaylen Watkins, DB, Florida
- 2013: Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina
- 2012: Omar Bolden, DB, Arizona State
- 2011: Clint Boling, OL, Georgia
- 2010: Mike Williams, WR, Syracuse
- 2009: Stephen McGee, QB, Texas A&M
The last 10 drafts have seen the Patriots make one selection at pick No. 101. And Belichick, Nick Caserio and Co. made it count. Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers has accrued 164 tackles, 21 sacks and five forced fumbles over New England’s past three regular seasons. The 25-year-old is now on the doorstep of unrestricted free agency this March.
NO. 205 OVERALL
- 2018: Trevon Young, DE, Louisville
- 2017: Jeremiah Ledbetter, DE, Arkansas
- 2016: Harlan Miller, DB, Southeastern Louisiana
- 2015: Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State
- 2014: Luke Bowanko, OL, Virginia
- 2013: Stacy McGee, DT, Oklahoma
- 2012: Billy Winn, DT, Boise State
- 2011: Lazarius Levingston, DT, LSU
- 2010: Ted Larsen, OL, North Carolina State
- 2009: Ra’Shon Harris, DT, Oregon
Last spring, the Patriots owned the rights to No. 205 before sending it to the Cleveland Browns as part of the deal for cornerback Jason McCourty. Among the others with Patriots ties here are interior linemen Ted Larsen, who entered with New England in 2009, and Luke Bowanko. Just missing the 10-draft cutoff is former Mount Union wide receiver Pierre Garcon.
NO. 252 OVERALL
- 2018: Rod Taylor, OL, Mississippi
- 2017: Matthew Dayes, RB, North Carolina State
- 2016: Beau Sandland, TE, Montana State
- 2015: Josh Furman, DB, Oklahoma State
- 2014: Lavelle Westbrooks, DB, Georgia Southern
- 2013: Marcus Cooper, DB, Rutgers
- 2012: Daryl Richardson, RB, Abilene Christian
- 2011: Bill Nagy, OL, Wisconsin
- 2010: Austin Spitler, LB, Ohio State
- 2009: Freddie Brown, WR, Utah
The Patriots haven’t made a selection at No. 252 over the previous 10 drafts. Yet over that span, six of the prospects taken at that slot have played in NFL games beyond August. A combined 223, to be exact, with 51 starts. One standout who predates this list? Marques Colston. The Hofstra wideout touched down with the New Orleans Saints back in 2006.
Altogether, New England has been awarded 39 compensatory picks since the formula began a quarter century ago to offset the net losses of free agency. Time will tell what becomes of the most recent four this April.
If they remain the Patriots’ to make.