During the past decade, the Patriots have had considerable trouble drafting and developing some key positions. It’s probably a toss-up which one holds the distinction of being worst.

A compelling argument can be made for cornerback, but wide receiver is right up there as well in the flop department.

Taylor Price (2010, third round), Chad Jackson (2006, second round) and Bethel Johnson (2003, second round) are the prime duds at receiver. They can go toe-to-toe with cornerback flops Darius Butler, Terrence Wheatley and Ras-I Dowling.

If you look back, 2002 was the last time the Patriots really struck gold with a wide receiver. That’s the year they selected Deion Branch (second round) and David Givens (seventh).

Maybe their luck will change this year if they decide to take the plunge and use one of their five draft picks on a wideout.

After all, the crop of receivers in the 2013 draft class is said to be pretty darn good. There are speed guys, tough guys, and slot guys with some upside if you listen to all the draft gurus out there.

West Virginia’s Tavon Austin, California’s Keenan Allen and Baylor’s Terrance Williams are just a few of the names impressing draft experts like the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock. They could very well be names on the Patriots’ radar.