15 potential Patriots offensive draft picks


More than 300 prospects attend the NFL Scouting Combine each February.

A couple hundred more college players are also on the radar for teams across the league.

But beauty is in the eye of the beholder and not all prospects are fits for all teams.

The Patriots notoriously have a rather small draft board.

So which players might make sense for a retooling New England squad that enters the 2020 NFL Draft with a dozen selections at the disposal of Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio?

Below is a list of guys who might just fit the Patriots needs and desires on offense.

Jordan Love, QB, Utah State – Love has plenty of talent and upside as one of the Wild Cards of the first round. If he slips…?

Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia – Fromm might compare favorably to Brian Hoyer, a guy the Patriots just can’t seem to quit. The steady Bulldog could come in to compete and, at worst, maybe be a long term backup.

Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma – Hurts has all the intangibles and is seemingly a rising prospect as an improving passer.

Adam Troutman, TE, Dayton – Not the strongest position in the class and the Patriots’ biggest need, Trautman proved himself at the Senior Bowl as a small-school guy with bigtime upside.

Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame – A more than serviceable option to fill an immediate need.

Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic – The Mackey Award winner can definitely catch the ball but probably has limited future as an NFL blocker.

Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri – His 23 career touchdowns and 4.4 40 show his potential, even if there are also plenty of questions.

K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State – An undersized, speedy slot option with big-play potential, including as a returner.

Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU – Speed, playmaking ability and NFL bloodlines.

Van Jefferson, WR, Florida – Considered maybe the best route runner in college football, although a foot injury and lack of elite measurable aren’t ideal for former Patriots wide receiver Shawn Jefferson’s son.

Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan – Best interior offensive lineman in the draft, who’s durable and solid all around.

Josh Jones, OT, Houston – Second-tier tackle who just might end up as good as some of the top options.

Jonah Jackson, IOL, Ohio State – Versatile interior option with strong experience and leadership skills.

Solomon Kindley, IOL, Georgia – A self-proclaimed “mauler” who’s one of the better guards in the draft.

Matt Hennessy, IOL, Temple – A three-year starter as a mid-round center prospect who gets by more with heady toughness than athletic skill.