NFL Draft 2022: New England Patriots Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: New England Patriots Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: New England Patriots Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, New England Patriots draft analysis, needs, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach


NFL Draft 2022: New England Patriots Draft Analysis

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2022 NFL Draft Analysis
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New England Patriots Draft Picks: NFL Draft 2022

1 (29) OG/C Cole Strange, UT Chattanooga
2 (50) WR Tyquan Thornton, Baylor
3 (85) CB Marcus Jones, Houston
4 (121) CB Jack Jones, Arizona State
4 (127) RB Pierre Strong, South Dakota State
4 (137) QB Bailey Zappe, WKU
6 (183) RB Kevin Harris, South Carolina
6 (200) DT Sam Roberts, NW Missouri State
6 (210) OG Chasen Hines, LSU
7 (245) OG Andrew Stueber, Michigan

New England Patriots Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

– There wasn’t a whole lot of value anywhere here. It starts with the strange pick of OG Cole Strange in the first round, and it kept on going. It’s not that the picks and the prospects are all that bad, but the Patriots paid retail for a bunch of okay options.

– There were some interesting calls. WKU QB Bailey Zappe going late in the fourth round has to be all about developing a cheap backup, and the combination of Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris at running back might be interesting. However …

– Nothing was really done at wide receiver. Baylor’s Tyquan Thornton can fly and bee a deep threat, but he’s not a go-to NFL No. 1 guy coming from the second round. Obviously the Patriots do what they do and don’t care, but again, the value across the board was missing.

 

New England Patriots Best Value Pick, Biggest Reach, Late Flier: 2022 NFL Draft

Best Value Pick: 3 (85) CB Marcus Jones, Houston

Biggest Reach: 1 (29) OG/C Cole Strange, UT Chattanooga

Late Flier That Might Work: 6 (210) OG Chasen Hines, LSU

New England Patriots Needs, Pre-Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

New England found its star in Mac Jones in last year’s draft, and … uhhhh, yeah. The Patriot drafts haven’t been anything special for way too long, and it’s showing. The team has been good, the coaching is still elite – obviously – but the first pick isn’t until the 21 and there aren’t bulk picks until the fifth.

– The Patriots need to give Jones some receiving help, a few blockers would help, and a terrific linebacker would be nice, too. At the 21 the idea will be do just get an impact starter – there just haven’t been enough of those in the last few Patriot drafts.

There was plenty of help through free agency, so there’s a chance to take a shot for the stars if needed, which means …

So who’ll be there in the first round for New England? Will Alabama WR Jameson Williams still be around? He might fall a bit because he’s still recovering from a torn ACL, but the Patriots could use Texas A&M OG Kenyon Green, take a chance on Michigan pass rusher David Ojabo – he tore his Achilles tendon this offseason – or go with the best player who falls.

It’s a deep draft. The 21 isn’t bad.

New England Patriots 2021 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

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