Things have gone full circle for the New England Patriots. The first Super Bowl the franchise won was against the Rams. Last season, the Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl in franchise history against the Rams. New England is looking to be in the hunt again, so let’s take a look at their draft picks.
Round 1, Pick 32: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State. 6’2″, 228 lbs. The Patriots needed some receiving help since TE Rob Gronkowski has retired. Harry is known for his highlight catches in traffic. He will help the offense to move the chains with his strong pass-catching ability.
Round 2, Pick 13: Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt. 6’4″, 211 lbs. With his height, he will be able to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage, which will disrupt the timing of opposing offenses.
Round 3, Pick 14: Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan. 6’3″, 256 lbs. In the Patriots 3-4 hybrid defense, the team has been able to locate players that have the potential to play at the defensive end/outside linebacker spot. Winovich has a relentless motor, which means that he will work his way into the defensive rotation.
Round 3, Pick 24: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama. 5’10”, 216 lbs. Harris is not flashy, but he is a very productive running back. He will grab some touches due to the philosophy of the Patriots rotating their running backs. Harris also did some kick returning in college as well, so he could help out on special teams as well.
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Round 3, Pick 38: Yodny Cajuste, T, West Virginia. 6’5″, 312 lbs. Cajuste will either start at the tackle position or be in the offensive line rotation. He dropped in the draft due to a knee injury during his college career.
Round 4, Pick 16: Hjalte Froholdt, G, Arkansas. 6’5″, 306 lbs. Froholdt will add offensive line depth in the interior because he can play at guard or center.
Round 4, Pick 31: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn. 6’2″, 218 lbs. Stidham will be given time to develop at QB behind Tom Brady.
Round 5, Pick 21: Byron Cowart, DT, Maryland. 6’3″, 298 lbs. Cowart adds interior line depth to the defensive line.
Round 5, Pick 25: Jake Bailey, P, Stanford. 6’1″, 200 lbs. Bailey will be given a chance to win the job at punter. The Patriots are always looking to win in special teams.
Round 7, Pick 38: Ken Webster, CB, Mississippi. 5’11”, 203 lbs. Webster will have a chance to be on the practice squad to develop his covering skills.
Grade: These picks will give the Patriots even more versatility on both sides of the ball. I give them an A.