History of New England Patriots First-Round NFL Draft Picks All Time

The Tom Brady selection was what made the New England Patriots so successful in the 2000s, but the team's first-round NFL Draft history has also played a role.

The New England Patriots own the greatest draft selection of all time in sixth-round quarterback Tom Brady, but their history of first-round NFL Draft picks also played a hand in establishing their dynasty of the 2000s. Here’s a look at how the Patriots have fared in Round 1 since entering the league in 1961.

New England Patriots First-Round Draft Picks Throughout History

The Patriots have sent four first-round picks to the Hall of Fame — two in the 1970s and two in the dynastic era of the 2000s. While that number is somewhat small, Bill Belichick also graced the team with numerous Pro Bowl and All-Pro first-rounders at his dynasty’s peak, among them Vince Wilfork, Logan Mankins, Brandon Merriweather, Jerod Mayo, Devin McCourty, Chandler Jones, and Dont’a Hightower. Of the group, Mankins, Wilfork, and Jones could eventually field Hall of Fame consideration.

2024

  • Drake Maye | Pick 3
    QB, North Carolina

2023

  • Christian Gonzalez | Pick 17
    CB, Oregon

2022

  • Cole Strange | Pick 29
    OL, Chattanooga

2021

  • Mac Jones | Pick 15
    QB, Alabama

2020

The Patriots traded their 23rd pick to the Los Angeles Chargers.

2019

  • N’Keal Harry | Pick 32
    WR, Arizona State

2018

  • Isaiah Wynn | Pick 23
    OT, Georgia
  • Sony Michel | Pick 31
    RB, Georgia

2017

The Patriots traded their 32nd pick to the New Orleans Saints.

2016

The Patriots lost this pick following the Deflategate investigation.

2015

  • Malcom Brown | Pick 32
    DT, Texas

2014

  • Dominique Easley | Pick 29
    DT, Florida

2013

The Patriots traded their 29th pick to the Minnesota Vikings.

2012

  • Chandler Jones | Pick 21
    DE, Syracuse
  • Dont’a Hightower | Pick 25
    LB, Alabama

2011

  • Nate Solder | Pick 17
    OT, Colorado

2010

  • Devin McCourty | Pick 27
    DB, Rutgers

2009

The Patriots traded their 23rd pick to the Baltimore Ravens.

2008

  • Jerod Mayo | Pick 10
    LB, Tennessee

2007

  • Brandon Meriweather | Pick 24
    DB, Miami (FL)

2006

  • Laurence Maroney | Pick 21
    RB, Minnesota

2005

  • Logan Mankins | Pick 32
    G, Fresno State

2004

  • Vince Wilfork | Pick 21
    NT, Miami (FL)
  • Ben Watson | Pick 32
    TE, Georgia

2003

  • Ty Warren | Pick 13
    DE, Texas A&M

2002

  • Daniel Graham | Pick 21
    TE, Colorado

2001

  • Richard Seymour* | Pick 6
    DE, Georgia

2000

The Patriots forfeited the 16th pick as compensation for hiring Bill Belichick.

1999

  • Damien Woody | Pick 17
    C, Boston College
  • Andy Katzenmoyer | Pick 28
    LB, Ohio State

1998

  • Robert Edwards | Pick 18
    RB, Georgia
  • Tebucky Jones | Pick 22
    DB, Syracuse

1997

  • Chris Canty | Pick 29
    DB, Kansas State

1996

  • Terry Glenn | Pick 7
    WR, Ohio State

1995

  • Ty Law* | Pick 23
    DB, Michigan

1994

  • Willie McGinest | Pick 4
    DE, USC

1993

  • Drew Bledsoe | Pick 1
    QB, Washington State

1992

  • Eugene Chung | Pick 13
    G, Virginia Tech

1991

  • Pat Harlow | Pick 11
    OT, USC
  • Leonard Russell | Pick 14
    RB, Arizona State

1990

  • Chris Singleton | Pick 8
    LB, Arizona
  • Ray Agnew | Pick 10
    DT, North Carolina State

1989

  • Hart Lee Dykes | Pick 16
    WR, Oklahoma State

1988

  • John Stephens | Pick 17
    RB, Northwestern St. (LA)

1987

  • Bruce Armstrong | Pick 23
    OT, Louisville

1986

  • Reggie Dupard | Pick 26
    RB, SMU

1985

  • Trevor Matich | Pick 28
    C, BYU

1984

  • Irving Fryar | Pick 1
    WR, Nebraska

1983

  • Tony Eason | Pick 15
    QB, Illinois

1982

  • Kenneth Sims | Pick 1
    DE, Texas
  • Lester Williams | Pick 27
    NT, Miami (FL)

1981

  • Brian Holloway | Pick 19
    OT, Stanford

1980

  • Roland James | Pick 14
    DB, Tennessee
  • Vagas Ferguson | Pick 25
    RB, Notre Dame

1979

  • Rick Sanford | Pick 25
    DB, South Carolina

1978

  • Bob Cryder | Pick 18
    OT, Alabama

1977

  • Raymond Clayborn | Pick 16
    DB, Texas
  • Stanley Morgan | Pick 25
    WR, Tennessee

1976

  • Mike Haynes* | Pick 5
    DB, Arizona State
  • Pete Brock | Pick 12
    C, Colorado
  • Tim Fox | Pick 21
    DB, Ohio State

1975

  • Russ Francis | Pick 16
    TE, Oregon

1974

The Patriots traded their ninth pick to the San Francisco 49ers.

1973

  • John Hannah* | Pick 4
    G, Alabama
  • Sam Cunningham | Pick 11
    RB, USC
  • Darryl Stingley | Pick 19
    WR, Purdue

1972

The Patriots traded their 17th pick to the Los Angeles Rams.

1971

  • Jim Plunkett | Pick 1
    QB, Stanford

1970

  • Phil Olsen | Pick 4
    DT, Utah State

1969

  • Ron Sellers | Pick 6
    WR, Florida State

1968

  • Dennis Byrd | Pick 6
    DE, North Carolina State

1967

  • John Charles | Pick 21
    DB, Purdue

1966

  • Karl Singer | Pick 3
    OT, Purdue

1965

  • Jerry Rush | Pick 7
    DT, Michigan State

1964

  • Jack Concannon | Pick 1
    QB, Boston College

1963

  • Art Graham | Pick 7
    WR, Boston College

1962

  • Gary Collins | Pick 6
    WR, Maryland

1961

  • Tommy Mason | Pick 3
    RB, Tulane

*Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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