It’s time for an additional mock draft, girls, and gents! In my first mock draft, the Patriots added some key items to a talent-depleted roster. I’ll look to ship the identical on this model, the ultimate model, of my Patriots mock draft. So with out additional adieu, New England, you’re on the clock!
TRADE: Patriots purchase 40, 72, and 109 from Seahawks for 21
Seattle overpays by a number of factors on the commerce worth chart to make sure they get themselves a first-round QB. In the meantime, the Patriots get further draft worth with this commerce down.
Round 2, Choose 40: WR George Pickens, Georgia
I do know folks will write off receiver early within the draft due to DeVante Parker. however the receiver place ought to nonetheless be prioritized early. I feel that George Pickens is a really sturdy match for what this workforce has wished over time. He’s an enormous physique receiver that performs fearless, and he can separate very effectively. He dominated the SEC and is a menace within the blocking recreation. I do know some Patriots followers are scarred by N’Keal Harry, by no means eager to see an enormous physique pass-catcher taken once more. However Pickens is means higher than Harry is. With Parker having an damage historical past and solely having two years left at his deal 29 years outdated, it is sensible so as to add Pickens.
Round 2, Choose 54: LB Leo Chenal, Wisconsin
Chenal is an interesting prospect to check. At 6’2 261, he’s changing into a unicorn within the modern-day NFL the place groups prioritize speedy undersized linebackers. Whereas they’re shifting away from the heavyweights that the Patriots love. Nicely, what if I informed you that Leo Chenal introduced the athleticism and the heavyweight LB construct to the desk?
Chenal ran a 4.53 40-yard sprint. He posted a 40.5-inch vertical, a ten.08 ft broad bounce, and had 34 reps on the bench press. His RAS rating(Relative Athletic Scores) was 9.99. The fourth-highest recorded rating within the historical past of RAS for LBs since 1987.
Now, Chenal isn’t an ideal prospect, he nonetheless has some limitations in protection. However he’s a extra athletic Donta Hightower. I feel Chenal can be an ideal match for what this workforce loves whereas additionally offering the linebacking core with a much-needed athleticism increase.
Round 3, Choose 72: EDGE/DL DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M
DeMarvin Leal is one other fascinating prospect as a result of it felt like a number of months in the past, he was a first-round lock. Sadly for Leal, he’s what the league likes to name a tweener. No matter workforce that drafts him goes to must decide on what place he’ll play. And it seems seemingly that will probably be line of defense.
With that being mentioned, I feel the Patriots will admire the worth of a possible first-round expertise falling to them within the third. Simply as they did with Ronnie Perkins final yr. Seize the high-end expertise, and work out what to do with him. Perhaps even let him redshirt a season, after which unleash his abilities in 2023. Leal wants the event anyway as a result of he’s nonetheless uncooked as a go rusher. He wants to enhance his block shedding potential. However his explosiveness and flexibility will make him a coveted participant for the Patriots.
Round 3, Choose 85: CB Jalyn Armour-Davis, Alabama
Armour-Davis is an attention-grabbing draft prospect as a result of he has the bodily instruments to turn into a superb press man nook however he wants a variety of growth to get there. With that being mentioned, I belief the Patriots to teach up Armour-Davis’ uncooked instruments and I feel Nick Saban will clearly give Invoice Belichick sturdy perception on Armour-Davis which is each good and dangerous as a result of the Patriots may find yourself not drafting him in any respect however I feel with the necessity for corners and the apparent belief in Saban from Belichick, I feel there’s a superb probability by the top of the weekend that we see Armour-Davis turn into a Patriot.
Round 4, Choose 109: CB Cordale Flott, LSU
If there was an award for probably the most improved participant in CFB, I feel Flott can be LSU’s nominee. If you happen to requested anybody in 2021 earlier than the season if Flott would get drafted, the reply can be in all probability no. He had a horrible sophomore season on the sector however Flott put within the work, and have become a official starting-caliber nook in 2022. Flott supplies the Patriots with every little thing they love; toughness, versatility to play exterior, within the slot, and even security. He’s a really aggressive press-man nook, will deal with, and better of all is that he’s greater than prepared to place within the work to enhance himself.
Round 4, Choose 127: OT Kellen Diesch, Arizona State
Diesch is a tall, athletic offensive deal with that is also fairly uncooked. However has proven the power to be a superb go blocker. The Patriots may use a developmental man at deal with as they lack long-term stability on the place. Isaiah Wynn is within the ultimate yr of his rookie contract, and Trent Brown signed only a two-year contract. Let Diesch develop himself for a few years, and you then’d presumably have yourselves an athletic pass-protector that has cleaned up the uncooked elements of his recreation and could possibly be an inexpensive starter for a number of seasons.
Round 5, Choose 158: OG/OT Joshua Ezeudu, North Carolina
Ezeudu has performed deal with previously however is probably going a guard on the subsequent stage and he’s obtained the potential for being a fairly good one. Ezeudu is a really athletic, robust guard that additionally brings depth to a place that desperately wants it. He wants some work developmentally as is apparent as a result of he’s right here within the fifth spherical however I feel he’s obtained himself an actual probability of beginning inside the first couple of years of his rookie contract. With the Patriots needing a guard, I feel Ezeudu is an ideal match.
TRADE: Patriots purchase a 2023 sixth and a 2023 seventh spherical decide from Commanders for 183
Round 6, Choose 200: DL Noah Elliss, Idaho
Noah Elliss is a monstrous defensive lineman that’s sneaky athletic for his dimension. He has the upside to turn into a superb nostril deal with within the NFL. That is one thing I feel the Patriots may use to pair up with Christian Barmore. At this level within the draft, you’re taking a look at making dart throw picks, and I feel the upside of Elliss is an excessive amount of to go on even when his place is changing into a rarity within the league.
Choose 210: RB Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss
Jerrion Ealy is an athletic undersized working again that might present the flexibility as a receiving again that the Patriots would love. With James White coming off a season-ending hip damage at 30 years outdated, it’s time to start out trying long-term, and presumably short-term, at changing him. I feel Jerrion Ealy may be that participant to interchange White.
Round 7, Choose 245: WR Slade Bolden, Alabama
Okay, all of us knew this was gonna occur, and I feel the Patriots will seemingly use a late-round decide on Bolden to make Mac Jones completely happy whereas including depth to the receiver room. Bolden is projected to go undrafted however I determine the Patriots will make this occur, and use a seventh-round decide on Bolden.
Total as a prospect, Bolden is what he’s. He’s projected to go undrafted for a cause as he’s a smaller WR, a restricted athlete, and hasn’t essentially been a world beater in his school profession. Now, he does have good route working, and I feel he does have a greater ceiling than a variety of UDFA caliber gamers as a consequence of the truth that he has some NFL talents like his route working abilities. If it makes Mac Jones completely happy to have his outdated school roommate be part of him then I’m greater than advantageous utilizing a seventh-round decide on Bolden and seeing if he can crack the league.