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Filling out brackets is a March tradition. It’s no different here at Pats Pulpit — Coronavirus be damned! Last year, we looked at the best games of the New England Patriots’ Bill Belichick era, which was fun, but this year, we’re doing something a little different: we decided to take a look at the biggest busts of the Belichick era.

They could be draft picks, free agent signings, or trade acquisitions. We picked 32 of the biggest disappointments, and arranged them into a bracket for you to fill out.

Today, voting continues with the second round in the Mark Andrews Region and the Keenan Allen Region — both named after players the Patriots missed out on in order to get some of the busts on our list. Make sure to vote in every one of the matchups and discuss your choices in the comment section below!

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#1 Duke Dawson Jr. vs #4 Albert Haynesworth

Duke Dawson advanced to the second round after crushing eight-seed Joey Galloway, and will now face Albert Haynesworth, who took down five-seed Bethel Johnson. Haynesworth was obviously a massive bust for the Patriots, being released halfway through his only season with the team after doing almost nothing, except fighting with assistant coach Pepper Johnson. Dawson, however, is the only player drafted in the first two rounds by the Patriots this century and not make it to his second season with the team. Are they both worthy of being considered among the biggest busts of the Belichick era? Absolutely, and against a different competitor, Haynesworth might even move onto the Elite Eight, but I don’t think he takes down Dawson.

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#1 Duke Dawson vs #4 Albert Haynesworth

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  • 53%
    Duke Dawson
    (136 votes)
  • 46%
    Albert Haynesworth
    (118 votes)
254 votes total Vote Now

#3 Chad Johnson vs #2 Jordan Richards

Chad Johnson took down the sixth-seeded Shaun Ellis, to take on Jordan Richards, who took down seed number seven, Shawn Springs. This is a tough matchup because Johnson was a guy who Bill Belichick loved, and put up good numbers in Cincinnati before coming to New England, but was just a complete disappointment upon his arrival. Richards, on the other hand, was a guy that Belichick’s Patriots targeted in the draft and took way before anyone else thought he should be taken. To me, I think Richards is worse, because the team targeted a guy who no one else thought should be taken as high as he was, and selected him in a spot from which it could have drafted an impact player. Johnson was so bad, however, that I could see someone voting the other way.

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#3 Chad Johnson vs #2 Jordan Richards

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  • 42%
    Chad Johnson
    (107 votes)
  • 57%
    Jordan Richards
    (144 votes)
251 votes total Vote Now

#1 Ras-I Dowling vs #5 Michael Bennett

Ras-I Dowling took down eight-seed Fred Taylor in round one and will now face off against the only upset on this side of the tournament: Michael Bennett, who took down four-seed Mike Gillislee. Both players were a disaster for the Patriots, but for very different reasons. Bennett flashed some of the skills he has been famous for over his career, and occasionally made an impact when he was on the field for the Patriots last season. Unfortunately, the Patriots felt he did not make a large enough impact, and cut his playing time, which eventually led to them trade him when he got upset and reportedly made a stink about not seeing enough snaps. Dowling, on the other hand, never had a chance to make an impact, because he was always hurt. Having the first pick of the second round back in 2011, the Patriots had all night to field offers for the pick, and make sure they were taking the right guy. Instead they took Dowling, who never had any impact for the Patriots, or any other team, for that matter. That’s why this should be a blowout victory in his favor.

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#1 Ras-I Dowling vs #5 Michael Bennett

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  • 81%
    Ras-I Dowling
    (202 votes)
  • 18%
    Michael Bennett
    (45 votes)
247 votes total Vote Now

#3 Terrence Wheatley vs #2 Aaron Dobson

Terrence Wheatley took down six-seed Adrian Klemm, Bill Belichick’s first draft pick with the Patriots, to take on Aaron Dobson, who knocked off seven-seed Kony Ealy. These are two second-round picks who did little during their time in New England: Wheatley simply could not cover anyone, and is one of the long line of second-round cornerbacks who the Patriots drafted and regretted. Dobson, however, proved basically everything written about him leading up to the draft wrong. He was supposed to have great hands, and yet, he could not make a clean catch to save his life. He was supposed to win contested catches, but he failed to fight for any close ball. In fact, he was passed on the depth chart his first year by undrafted rookie Kenbrell Thompkins. Dobson was slow, couldn’t catch, and had zero toughness — that’s the trifecta of terribleness that should make him a lock to at least win this matchup, if not a few more after as well.

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#3 Terrence Wheatley vs #2 Aaron Dobson

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  • 34%
    Terrence Wheatley
    (83 votes)
  • 65%
    Aaron Dobson
    (156 votes)
239 votes total Vote Now