The New England Patriots have sat at pick 32 in the first round before. And nine other organizations have experienced the same since the 1995 expansion.
The spot has seen three trades and one Pro Bowler over 13 NFL drafts across 19 years. It’s seen three defensive backs, three defensive linemen, two offensive lineman, two quarterbacks, one running back, one tight end and one wide receiver taken in all.
But before the Super Bowl XLIX champions see it again this April, a historical look back on the final selections of the first.
1995 – Packers Select Craig Newsome: The league added two expansion teams heading into the 1995 draft, which awarded both incoming franchises an additional two choices between the first and second rounds. And after defeating New England in the Super Bowl, the Green Bay Packers had the luxury of going last at the end of the first. With the pick, Green Bay selected Arizona State cornerback Craig Newsome. Newsome went on to play four seasons with the Packers before being traded to the San Francisco 49ers, where he played one final season in 1999. He finished his career having played in 53 games, recording four interceptions.
2002 – Redskins Select Patrick Ramsey: It wasn’t until seven years later that there was another 32nd overall pick in the first round, with the birth of the Houston Texans. And at one time, that pick belonged to the Patriots. New England traded the selection, along with a third-rounder and seventh-rounder to the Washington Redskins for the rights to the 21st overall pick. The moves landed the Patriots Colorado tight end Daniel Graham, while Washington landed Tulane quarterback Patrick Ramsey. Graham proceeded to win two Super Bowls with New England, later playing for the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints through 2012. Ramsey, meanwhile, went on to be part of nine teams through 2010.
2003 – Raiders Select Tyler Brayton: After drafted California cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha with the 31st choice, the Oakland Raiders were back on the board for the 32nd choice, following a trade with the champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With it, the team selected Colorado defensive end Tyler Brayton. Brayton played five seasons with the Raiders, then later the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts through 2011. He concluded his NFL career having notched 309 tackles, 17.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.
2004 – Patriots Select Ben Watson: New England swung a trade with the Baltimore Ravens to receive the 21st pick in the 2004 draft, and consequently, selected future five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. But the Patriots still had another first-round pick to work with, and spent it on Georgia tight end Ben Watson. Watson went on to play six seasons with New England, and has since played for the Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints.
2005 – Patriots Select Logan Mankins: On the heels of their third Super Bowl in four years, head coach Bill Belichick and then-vice president of player personnel drafted Fresno State offensive tackle Logan Mankins 32nd overall in 2005. Mankins went on to be named to six Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams over his tenure with the team, starting each of his 130 regular-season appearances. Mankins was traded to the Buccaneers in August of 2014 for a fourth-round pick and second-year tight end Tim Wright.
2006 – Giants Select Mathias Kiwanuka: The New York Giants traded back into the first round in 2006, harnessing pick No. 32 in a trade with the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. From there, New York selected Boston College defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, who went on to play against the Patriots in two Super Bowl victories. Kiwanuka was released with a failed-physical designation this February, after 412 tackles, 38.5 sacks, three interceptions and 12 forced fumbles as a Giant.
2007 – Colts Select Anthony Gonzalez: Indianapolis drafted Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez at the end of the first round in 2007. Gonzalez went on to catch 99 passes for 1,307 yards and seven touchdowns over four seasons with the Colts, but was limited to only five catches due to injury over his final two. Gonzalez later signed with the Patriots heading into 2012, yet was released before the start of the season.
2009 – Steelers Select Ziggy Hood: There was no official No. 32 in 2008, after the Patriots forfeited the 31st pick and selected Tennessee linebacker Jerod Mayo with the 10th overall pick. But in 2009, following Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl win over the Arizona Cardinals, the Steelers chose Missouri defensive tackle Ziggy Hood. Hood played five seasons for the Steelers before suiting up for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014. He has 163 tackles and 12.5 sacks on his NFL resume.
2010 – Saints Select Patrick Robinson: After defeating the Colts that February, the Saints picked Florida State cornerback Patrick Robinson that April. Robinson has played in 58 games over five seasons with New Orleans, tallying 180 tackles, 46 pass deflections and nine interceptions.
2011 – Packers Select Derek Sherrod: Green Bay drafted Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod to round out the first in 2011. Sherrod suffered a compound fracture in 2012, and ultimately appeared in just 20 games for the Packers before being waived in November of 2014. The Patriots had Sherrod in for a tryout shortly thereafter, but the fourth-year lineman later signed a reserve-futures contract with the Kansas City Chiefs in December.
2012 – Giants Select David Wilson: Upon a second Super Bowl victory over the Patriots, the Giants turned to Virginia Tech running back David Wilson at pick 32 in the 2012 draft. But after only 21 career games, 546 rushing yards and six touchdowns, Wilson’s promising career was cut short due to a neck injury. The 23-year-old retired from the NFL in August of 2014.
2013 – Ravens Select Matt Elam: After Ed Reed played his final game in Baltimore’s championship secondary, the Ravens drafted a fellow safety in Florida’s Matt Elam to close the first round of the 2013 draft. Elam has since played in 32 regular-season games and started 26, collecting 127 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
2014 – Vikings Select Teddy Bridgewater: When the Patriots drafted Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley with the 29th overall pick last May, the Seattle Seahawks’ plan to trade out of the first round came to fruition. The reigning champions were quick to find a suitor in the Minnesota Vikings, and Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was the byproduct.