When looking at how the Patriots stacked up against their competition in the draft, two commenters thought it would be a good idea to include the Ravens in a comparison. Under Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens have a strong drafting reputation.
So when looking at the first three rounds over the last five years, here is the breakdown:
1st: Michael Oher, Joe Flacco, Ben Grubbs, Haloti Ngata
2nd: Sergio Kindle, Terrence Cody, Paul Kruger, Ray Rice, Chris Chester
3rd: Ed Dickson, Lardarius Webb, Tavares Gooden, Tom Zbikowski, Oneil Cousins, Yamon Figurs, Marshal Yanda, David Pittman
1st: Devin McCourty, Jerod Mayo, Brandon Meriweather, Laurence Maroney
2nd: Rob Gronkowski, Jermaine Cunningham, Brandon Spikes, Patrick Chung, Ron Brace, Darius Butler, Sebastian Vollmer, Terrence Wheatley, Chad Jackson, Wes Welker*
3rd: Taylor Price, Brandon Tate, Tyrone McKenzie, Shawn Crable, Kevin O'Connell, David Thomas
ANALYSIS: The Ravens' consistency in this five-year snapshot is impressive, especially with their first-round selections as impact players. Like the Patriots, their third round has included some misses, although offensive lineman Marshal Yanda isn't one of them. They'd earn the edge over the Patriots when looking at the draft through this type of lens.