New England Patriots Draft Talk: What Will Be the Patriots First Move?
The NFL draft is officially here! It feels like a long time ago everyone was only discussing the potential for prospects coming into the draft. However, the New England Patriots priorities are currently minimal going forward. The team has done plenty of moving in free agency that has already changed them into seemingly another repeat contender for the Super Bowl.
As of now, the Patriots like before have yet to move up into the first two rounds of the NFL draft. The following picks are only five of seven rounds in the 2017 Draft:
- 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. 183 (compensatory pick)
- No. 200 (acquired from Indianapolis in trade for TE Dwayne Allen)
- No. 239
The draft has gotten thinner and the Patriots have yet to move up in the draft. The selection is now both thin and low but its nothing new for [Head Coach] Bill Belichick. The now six selections they currently own are the lowest selection the team has had since the 2002 draft with only five selections. While many Boston analysts see this draft as unnecessary, the Patriots need to add more to their roster to avoid any problems that will come up later on.
This list is the final draft for whom the Patriots will consider priorities. Low means ‘unnecessary/filled’ Mid means ‘needs depth’ and High is ‘absolute need’ just as before.
*To see the list look to the bottom of this article to see the page numbers on the bottom right corner.