New England Patriots Draft Talk: Updates on the NFL Draft for the Patriots
The NFL draft is officially a month away from today, March 22nd. There has been plenty of changes since the Scouting Combine that could mean the New England Patriots priorities have now changed moving forward. At this moment, the Patriots have done a lot in free agency that has tremendously effected how this team will likely be drafting for the 2017 NFL draft.
The Patriots currently have the following picks for only five of seven rounds in this year’s draft after being in free agency for the last few weeks:
- No. 72 (acquired from Carolina for DE Kony Ealy)
- No. 96
- No. 118* (acquired from the New Orleans Saints for WR Brandin Cooks, will be forfeited from DeflateGate)
- No. 132 (acquired from Seattle Seahawks from 2016 trade)
*The Patriots lose the highest pick in the fourth round this season. As a result, they have now regained the 132nd pick, in addition to the 118th pick from New Orleans being forfeited instead.
- No. 163
No. 183 (compensatory pick)
- No. 200 (acquired from Indianapolis in trade for TE Dwayne Allen)
- No. 239
That is a rather thin draft selection, but nothing new for the Patriots. The seven selections they currently own are the lowest selection the team has had since 2013 (not including 2012, 2008 or 2005). The lowest number of picks the Patriots have made under [Head Coach] Bill Belichick was their five selections in the 2002 draft.
The Patriots won’t pick anyone till the No. 72. Very similar to last year when the team didn’t have a first round pick and took rookie [Cornerback] Cyrus Jones with the 60th overall pick in the second round as their first selection.
I will now list what I believe the Patriots will need to think about regarding what they will have as priority. Low means ‘unnecessary/filled’ Mid means ‘needs depth’ and High is ‘absolute need’