People talk about the Pats as drafting geniuses largely because of Brady, but realistically he was just the next name on their draft board. If they'd have had any inkling he was going to be that good, they wouldn't have sat him behind Bledsoe.
When I hear all the "genius" talk, the trade up to get Maroney over Williams always comes to mind and gives me a chuckle.
Chuckle on this....
In the last decade:
Drafted 11 pro bowlers (2nd most in the league)
Draftees still active in the NFL - 43 - (3rd in the league)
All 10 of there first round picks are still in the league and 11 of 14 2nd rounders.
They did all this while finishing with the best record over that time frame which means the least drafting power.
Sure not every pick of their's has been great but there is not a team in the league that drafts or evaluates players as good as the Patriots. Think I heard that over half of the active roster on the Patriots this year was made up of players drafted in the 4th round or later. I think that is a good indication on how good they are in evaluating players and getting the most out of what they have.