The NFL draft is just a few days away, which means it’s time for our one and only seven-round Patriots mock draft.
The team has 12 overall selections, tied for the most in the league, including six in the top 101, so anything can happen and that includes trades. Bill Belichick is a master at working the draft board, so it’s fair to assume multiple trades will occur over the course of the weekend.
Here is our best guess as to how things will go.
Round 1, No. 32 overall: Trade with Buccaneers*Patriots acquire No. 39 overall and 2020 third-round pick for No. 32 overall
In terms of value, trading back is worth it as it can be argued players picked between Nos. 20-40 are essentially the same.
Round 2, No. 39 overall (acquired from Buccaneers via trade): TE Irv Smith Jr., Alabama
The Patriots still need a replacement for Rob Gronkowski and although he’s not T.J. Hockenson or Noah Fant, he’s the next best tight end in the draft and thus a solid selection.
Round 2, No. 56 overall: DL Zach Allen, Boston College
Allen is a versatile defensive lineman, who can play both inside and outside.
Round 2, No. 64 overall: WR Miles Boykin, Notre Dame
With the current wide receivers depth chart, help is needed, especially of the younger variety. He’s visited Foxboro, so the team is familiar with what he can do.
Round 3, No. 73 overall: DL Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State
Jones is more of an interior lineman and the Patriots need to replace Malcom Brown and potentially Danny Shelton.
Round 3, No. 82 overall (acquired from Titans via trade): QB Ryan Finley, NC State*Patriots acquire No. 82 overall for Nos. 97, 101 and 239 overall
There could be a run on mid-round quarterbacks and the Patriots want to make sure they get Finley, one of the most experienced QBs in the entire draft.
Round 4, No. 134 overall: DT Gerald Willis, Miami
Some off-field concerns could cause his stock to drop, but the extensive work the organization has done on him should make them feel comfortable with the selection.
Round 6, No. 205 overall: LB Sione Takitaki, BYU
The Patriots hosted the linebacker for a visit and have had some success with drafting and acquiring BYU players in the past. Round 6, No. 212 overall (acquired from 49ers via trade): WR Jalen Hurd, Baylor*Patriots acquire No. 212 overall for Nos. 246 and 252 plus 2020 late-round pick
It makes sense to take multiple receivers and the Patriots wants to make sure they don’t miss out on another potential impactful player.
Round 7, No. 243 overall: CB Ka’dar Hollman, Toledo
Hollman didn’t get invited to the combine, but he could be one of the more sought after undrafted free agents so the Patriots want to make sure they get him.