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Offensive draft follows trend

The newest members of the New England Patriots are in Foxborough for the team's rookie orientation weekend. The 10 draft picks taken on April 15-16 will be joined by the 25 undrafted free agents signed by the team as well as select veterans.

New England's decision to draft an offensive lineman with its first pick surprised many who thought the team would take a defensive player, but it actually followed suit with recent years.

The Patriots grabbed tackle Adrian Klemm with the 46th overall pick, and then selected three offensive players with its ensuing picks. Of New England's 10 total choices, six came on the offensive side of the ball. Drafting offensive players is not uncommon in New England recently. In the last 11 drafts, the Patriots selected more defensive than offensive players only once. That year was 1995, when the team had seven picks and took four defensive guys in what was arguably its best draft over that 11-year period. After landing Pro Bowl cornerback Ty Law in the first round, the Patriots grabbed starting middle linebacker Ted Johnson, running back Curtis Martin, center Dave Wohlabaugh and cornerback Jimmy Hitchcock. The breakdown of offensive and defensive players taken since 1990 is as follows:

**Year****Offense****Defense****Notable Selections**
1990 75LB Chris Singleton, DE Ray Agnew
1991104TE Ben Coates, T Pat Harlow, QB Scott Zolak
199298FB Sam Gash, LB Todd Collins, FB Kevin Turner
1993*54QB Drew Bledsoe, WR Troy Brown, LB Chris Slade, G Todd Rucci, WR Vincent Brisby
199463DE Willie McGinest, G/T Max Lane, LB Marty Moore
199534CB Ty Law, LB Ted Johnson, RB Curtis Martin
199685WR Terry Glenn, S Lawyer Milloy, LB Tedy Bruschi
199754DE Brandon Mitchell, S Chris Carter
199864RB Robert Edwards, FB Chris Floyd
199953C Damien Woody, LB Andy Katzenmoyer, RB Kevin Faulk, S Tony George
200064?????
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