Questionable moves in Patriots history
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Hall of Fame cornerback/punt return specialist Mike Haynes spent his first seven seasons in the NFL as an underappreciated star in New England, with 58 straight starts, 28 picks, and glue-like coverage for the Patriots. Haynes entered his rookie season as the fifth overall pick in the 1976 NFL draft and finished with one of the best rookie performances in team history, intercepting eight passes and returning two punts for touchdowns. Haynes was traded to Al Davis' Raiders in Los Angeles following the 1982 season in exchange for a first-round and a second-round draft pick. Haynes went on to win two Super Bowl championships with the Black-and-Silver and recorded an interception in the Raiders' 38-9 win over the Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII. The Patriots packaged the Raiders' first round pick to move up to the No. 1 spot in the 1984 draft when they selected All-American wide receiver Irving Fryar from Nebraska.