We are almost at that time of the year again, the NFL draft!!!! I always get excited for this time of the year as it has pretty much become a national holiday in my household. I am a die-hard New England Patriots fan as most of you know and what I like to do is show the world what I think a perfect Patriots draft would look like. There are a lot of rumors out there that the Patriots are going to move up to take a quarterback but there is also the chance they stay put and add to the defensive line, linebacker core, or wide receiver core. Those along with quarterback are my biggest needs for this team. Keep in mind these aren’t my predictions for the draft. These are things that if they happen would make a perfect draft for the Patriots. Feel free to comment at the bottom of this page and give me your thoughts on my choices. Let’s get to it!!!
Round 1, Pick 15 (15) -Micah Parsons, Linebacker, Penn State
Linebacker is a huge need for the Patriots defense. Maybe not in 2021 but going into the 2022 offseason they will need to address the position. Dont’a Hightower and Ja’Whaun Bentley are in the final year of their deals and second-year players Anfernee Jennings and Josh Uche are still unknowns at this point. It would be smart for New England to address the position and no one screams New England Patriot more than Micah Parsons. Parsons has great range, is athletic enough to cover man to man, and has a great combination of size and strength. Parsons would bring some much-needed youth and athleticism to a Patriots aging linebacker core.
Round 2, Pick 14 (46) – Rashod Bateman, Wide Receiver, Minnesota
With Julian Edelman retiring the need at receiver even with the additions made in the offseason is still a pretty big one. Bateman would be an excellent addition to this receiving core. He has NFL size, good hands and runs very good routes. He always delivered in college catching a pass in every game he played in and putting up good numbers even with average to below average quarterback play. Bateman needs to work on his blocking and his ability to track and haul in the deep ball consistently but those are skills that can be coached up and will get better with time. Two of the needs New England have are now filled but the one HUGE need they have hasn’t been…. until Bill makes his first trade of the draft……….
Round 3, Pick 33 (96) – Traded to San Francisco for QB Jimmy Garoppolo
I know it probably caught people off guard when I didn’t have New England trade up or take a quarterback in the first two rounds but that’s because of a couple of reasons. With Bill Belichick obviously motivated to get New England back to the playoffs and Super Bowl he went out and spent big money to upgrade the roster. The most glaring hole that left was quarterback. Jimmy Garoppolo no matter what the 49ers say is available and he will be moved this off-season. The 49ers didn’t trade up to the third pick to take a quarterback and then not play them. That makes ZERO sense. New England is naturally the best fit for the quarterback. Jimmy G has played for Belichick and the Patriots in the past, he knows the system and would be a huge upgrade over Cam Newton. The Patriots have a decent amount of draft capital this year and I think a 3rd and 6th round pick would probably get this deal done. Then Bill can sign Jimmy to a multi-year deal and end his career with the quarterback that he never wanted to trade in the first place. Keep in mind, Bill wants to win sooner than later and a rookie quarterback probably isn’t going to be able to do that for at least a few years. Cam Newton will be a solid backup and you can use him in running situations which will be a nice weapon to have on a completely revamped Patriots offense.
Round 4, Pick 15 (120) – Elijah Molden, Cornerback, Washington
Cornerback isn’t the biggest need for New England now but with the question marks after this year with Stephon Gilmore’s future in New England being cloudy and with JC Jackson being on just a one year deal taking Molden here would give them a player they could use in the future. In the past you have seen the Patriots draft players and give them a “redshirt” season. Molden has a great love for the game and the will to work which will blend perfectly into New England’s “Do Your Job” culture. He plays very fast, sees the field very clearly and plays the run very well. This is just another one of those picks that makes perfect sense. I mean this is the perfect Patriots mock draft after all right? Yes, I know I’m crushing it right now. Your welcome. Moving on.
Round 4, Pick 17 (122) – From Arizona Cardinals- Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida
New England projects to have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL this year. They added Trent Brown to play right tackle and resigned center David Andrews as well as adding Ted Karras after his one-year run in Miami. Trent Brown is on a one-year deal and left tackle Isiah Wynn is coming up on his fifth-year option. The Patriots are expected to pick that up but they still could use a tackle to start developing in case they lose one or both of those players and getting Forsythe in the fourth round would be great value for them. Forsythe can play either tackle spot and with some development projects to be a solid starter in the NFL. Stone could be the swing tackle this year and if he impresses he could make the decision to bring back Wynn or Brown that much easier. At 6-foot-8 and 315 pounds, Forsythe has the natural ability to sit down on outside pass rushers. Another need down for the Patriots.
Round 4, Pick 34 (139) – Compensatory Selection- Elijah Moore, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
The remake of the Patriots wide receiver room continues in round 4 with the addition of slot receiver Elijah Moore. Moore broke out last season catching 86 passes for 1193 yards and 8 touchdowns in just 8 games. The slot receiver role is critical in the NFL and is very critical in New England and Moore with his strong hands and ability to hold onto the ball while taking huge hits makes him a perfect prospect for New England. Moore is one of those guys that if the Patriots get him I could see possibly winning the slot position in camp. This kid has that kind of upside. I hope we get to find out.
Round 5, Pick 33 (177) – Compensatory Selection- Ben Mason, FB/LB/DL, Michigan
New England loves versatile players and Ben Mason fits that. Mason came to Michigan as a linebacker and transitioned to fullback where he was an above-average blocker and even lined up on the defensive line. He works hard and always did everything to coaches asked of him. I see Mason as a guy that could take over the fullback spot from Jakob Johnson and fit that Mike Vrabel role on the team.
Round 6, Pick 4 (188) – From Houston Texans- Traded to San Francisco for QB Jimmy Garoppolo
This is another pick I have being moved to the 49ers in the trade for QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
Round 6, Pick 13 (197) – From Dallas Cowboys- Traded to Las Vegas for a 2022 5th Round Pick
You know Bill he loves his trades and stockpiling future draft picks. Vegas moves a 2022 5th round pick to come up and take a player they will inevitably cut or trade for no reason like they did with Rodney Hudson.
Round 7, Pick 15 (242) – Marquiss Spencer, DE/DT, Mississippi State
Defensive line depth is a thing New England needs to address so with their last pick they take Marquiss Spencer out of Mississippi State. Spencer would be worth a flier at this point in the draft due to his intriguing blend of size and athleticism. He is a situational pass rusher at best but you can never have too many pass rushers. I feel like Spencer would be a fun developmental project for Bill Belichick. He does have a knack for finding good players in the later rounds right?
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