FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One year later, a look at the 2009 Patriots draft class and where they stand on the roster:
Patrick Chung (2nd round, 34th overall) – Safety should compete for a starting role opposite Brandon Meriweather.
Ron Brace (2nd round, 40th overall) – Projects as the backup left end behind Ty Warren, and possibly a backup at nose tackle to Vince Wilfork.
Darius Butler (2nd round, 41st overall) – Looks primed to start at left cornerback.
Sebastian Vollmer (2nd round, 58th overall) – After an impressive rookie campaign, he’s in line to start at right tackle.
Brandon Tate (3rd round, 83rd overall) – Receiver will have the opportunity to line up opposite Randy Moss, but if he falters, insurance comes in the form of Torry Holt.
Tyrone McKenzie (3rd round, 97th overall) – A thumper whose time to shine will come when the pads come on. He will compete with Gary Guyton and Brandon Spikes for a starting role at inside linebacker.
Rich Ohrnberger (4th round, 123rd overall) – Guard/center learned behind the scenes last year and should compete for a top backup role, although he’s currently limited as he works his way back from an undisclosed physical ailment.
George Bussey (5th round, 170th overall) – Guard/tackle spent his rookie season on injured reserve. He’ll compete for a backup role and looks to be on the roster bubble.
Jake Inrgam (6th round, 198th overall) – Long snapper has stepped in nicely for Lonie Paxton.
Myron Pryor (6th round, 207th overall) – Defensive tackle was a surprise as a rookie and looks ticketed for spot duty on early downs while contributing as a third-down rusher.
Julian Edelman (7th round, 232nd overall) – After totaling 37 receptions as a rookie, he’s primed to fill the void in the slot if Wes Welker isn’t ready to return by Sept. 12.
Darryl Richard (7th round, 234th overall) – Defensive lineman was loyal to the team last year as he could have signed with the Browns’ active roster but stayed on the practice squad. He’ll compete for a backup role at end and is a bubble player for a roster spot.
Brian Hoyer (rookie free agent) – Locked in as the No. 2 quarterback.