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Vote: Who was the best fifth-round pick in Patriots history?

04.08.11 at 4:54 pm ET
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With the NFL draft on the horizon, we’€™re going to look back at the Patriots’€™ best draft picks by round. We’€™ve already put the eighth, seventh and six round under the microscope. Today, we’€™ve got the fifth rounders ‘€” a surprising group that doesn’€™t have any Hall of Famers, but is still a talented cast that can boast of seven Pro Bowl appearances between them. Vote for your favorite:

Ben Coates: 1991, 124th overall. Selected out of tiny Livingstone College, Coates went on to become one of the great tight ends in franchise history, becoming a favorite target of Drew Bledsoe throughout the 1990s ‘€” in 1996, he set the NFL’€™s single-season reception record for a tight end with 96. He ended his career ranked in the Top 10 all time among tight ends in receptions (499), yards (5,555) and touchdowns (50).

Fred Marion: 1982, 112th overall. A Miami product who would go on to play 144 games in 10 years with the Patriots, Marion reached the Pro Bowl in 1985 after a season where he picked off a career-best seven passes for 189 yards. (He finished with 29 interceptions for his career.) He was voted to the Patriots’€™ 50th anniversary all-time team as a safety alongside Rodney Harrison.

Steve Grogan: 1975, 116th overall. Grogan was initially drafted out Kansas State as a backup to Jim Plunkett, but he ended up taking the full-time starters’€™ job in his second season and ended up spending a franchise-record 16 seasons with the Patriots, finishing his career as the Patriots all-time career-passing leader with 26,886 yards. A face of the franchise for so many seasons, Grogan held the franchise record until 2007 with 182 career touchdown passes.

Dan Koppen: 2003, 164th overall. The Boston College product stepped in midway through his rookie year for an injured Damien Woody and was immediately part of back-to-back Super Bowl teams. Koppen has started 119 of 120 games for the Patriots over eight seasons with the club, and was a Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro in 2007.

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