The top 5 players the Patriots mistakenly passed on drafting in the past five years

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A.J. Brown in 2019

To add more salt to the wound that was the 2019 draft mistakes, the Patriots not only passed up on Deebo Samuel but also looked the other way on A.J. Brown.

To make matters worse, Belichick passed on Brown twice, once when picking N'Keal Harry in the first round and again when drafting Joejuan Williams with pick 45, as Brown wasn't taken by the Titans until pick 51.

Like Samuel, the Patriots also had pre-draft meetings with Brown, as he was a projected first-round pick at the time. Although the receiver didn't take to social media to share how the meeting went, there was hope an impressive receiver like Brown could land in New England and help significantly boost a lackluster receiving corps.

But as fate would have it, Brown went to the Titans and exploded onto the scene immediately.

In three seasons, he totaled 185 receptions for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns, averaging an incredible 16.2 yards per reception. He became Tennessee's go-to guy on offense and was widely considered one of the best receivers in the league, and he still is to this day.

Brown was traded to the Eagles in 2022 and had the best season of his career, earning his second Pro Bowl selection and playing in a Super Bowl in the first year with his new team.

As we know, the Patriots traded Harry last year, and because of a season-ending injury before the 2022 season began, Williams was not re-signed and has since signed with the Vikings.