2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, New England Patriots draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.
New England Patriots 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– For all of the gushing over the Mac Jones pick at 15, and for all of the talk that he reminds people of another Tom Brady, the Patriots lucked the (bleep) out. If he really was their guy, staying at the 15 was a massive chance to take considering Denver could’ve easily had taken him or Justin Fields at the nine, and Chicago had a shot to grab him by moving up to the 11. It was hardly a crazy idea that someone else could’ve traded up and picked up Jones before the 15, but …
– He’s the New England quarterback, and he’s not the only big get. It’s Bill Belichick, so he had a few moments when value flew out the window, but Oklahoma edge rusher Ronnie Perkins will be a killer from the third round, and Alabama second rounder Christian Barmore might be the best defensive tackle in the draft. Throw in Oklahoma’s bruising RB Rhamondre Stevenson, and after the first four picks, playtime is over. However …
– Wide receiver. This was an amazingly deep class of receivers, and the Patriots didn’t do enough to help themselves – taking UCF’s Tre Nixon in the seventh round isn’t addressing the problem.
Best Value Pick: QB Mac Jones, Alabama, 1st round, 15th overall
Biggest Reach: LB Cameron McGrone, Michigan, 5th round, 177th overall
Late Flier That Could Work: S Joshua Bledsoe, Missouri, 6th round, 188th overall
New England Patriots 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
1 (15) QB Mac Jones, Alabama
2 (38) DT Christian Barmore, Alabama
3 (96) EDGE Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma
4 (120) RB Rhamondre Stevenson, Oklahoma
5 (177) LB Cameron McGrone, Michigan
6 (188) S Joshuah Bledsoe, Missouri
6 (197) OT William Sherman, Colorado
7 (242) WR Tre Nixon, UCF
New England Patriots 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis
Bill Belichick has earned a gajillion benefits of every doubt, and he’s always able to find one guy in the later rounds who turns out to be a thing, but last year’s draft didn’t bring much and there has to be some sort of splash with this version. With ten picks, three in the fourth, and seven in the top 139 picks, the GOAT is about to be a massive player in this.
Speaking of massive players, as great as Belichick is, he can’t seem to draft a quarterback or wide receiver lately. At the 15, one of the big five quarterbacks should still be on the board, but if the Patriots really want one, they’ll probably move up to get the guy Belichick wants rather than sit back and wait.
The 46 is a nice place in the second round. The Patriots need an offensive lineman, a pass rusher, and there’s a shot that Stanford QB Davis Mills would slide to the spot. If they stay put, they should be able to find an instant factor no matter what the position.
New England Patriots 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
2 S Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
2 DE Josh Uche, Michigan
3 LB Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
3 TE Devin Asiasi, UCLA
3 TE Dalton Keene, Virginia Tech
5 PK Justin Rohrwasser, Marshall
6 OG Michael Onwenu, Michigan
6 LB Cassh Maluia, Wyoming
7 C Dustin Woodard, Memphis
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