Patriots & the 2008 draft

Mike Sando, who covers the NFC West for ESPN.com, produces a chart on his blog that has a strong Patriots connection.

Sando writes on how the Seahawks' and 49ers' draft classes from 2008 have taken a hit in recent weeks. The Seahawks traded their first-round draft choice from '08 (Lawrence Jackson) while the 49ers traded their first-rounder (Kentwan Balmer) and had their third-rounder (Glen Coffee) retire.

This prompted Sando to look at how many other teams no longer have high 2008 draft choices (first, second & third round) playing for them, and what he discovered is that the Patriots were a league-leader in the category, having waived quarterback Kevin O'Connell (third round) last year and outside linebacker Shawn Crable (third round) this year.

With second-round draft choice Terrence Wheatley (cornerback) on the roster bubble this year, the Patriots could wind up with little to show with three of their first four picks in 2008.

As Sando notes, it usually takes three years to effectively assess a team's draft.

But in terms of the Patriots in 2008, that process can be sped up a bit. The results don't look good.