Does that necessarily mean getting a extensive receiver in the initially spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft later this thirty day period is now off the table?
Anything is attainable, specifically when you take into consideration the spectacular expertise and depth at the broad receiver place in the 2022 draft course. If an individual like Ohio State’s Chris Olave, Alabama’s Jameson Williams or Arkansas’ Treylon Burks is available when the Patriots are on the clock at No. 21 overall, it might be tough to pass on these significant-conclusion WR prospective buyers.
But the Patriots have a lot of other roster desires to tackle early in this draft, notably on protection, exactly where linebacker and cornerback are places of problem.
J.C. Jackson having his skills to the Los Angeles Chargers in free agency has still left New England with out a legit No. 1 cornerback. The Patriots also have missing linebacker Kyle Van Noy, though veterans Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower remain unsigned. A strengthen of athleticism is sorely necessary at linebacker in Foxboro.
Which gamers should the Patriots goal with the No. 21 choose?
Here is a roundup of initially-spherical predictions for the Pats from new expert mock drafts.
Phil Perry, NBC Athletics Boston: Daxton Hill, DB, Michigan (trade with Chiefs to No. 29 overall)
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: Arnold Ebiketie, DE, Penn State
Todd McShay, ESPN: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
Bruce Feldman, The Athletic: Quay Walker, LB, Ga
Anthony Treash, Pro Football Concentration: Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
Chad Reuter, NFL.com: Daxton Hill, DB, Michigan (trade with Chiefs to No. 29 total)
Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports activities: Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
Vinnie Iyer, The Sporting News: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
Danny Kelly, The Ringer: Kaiir Elam, DB, Florida
C.J. Doon, The Baltimore Sunshine: Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
NFL Scouting Office, Bleacher Report: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas