The Patriots made no moves during the 2nd round of the NFL draft last night, they waited till their last pick and took their guy at pick 64, even though most had him as a 6th or 7th round draft pick.
That guy is Safety Jordan Richards from Stanford.
Richards is a 5’11, 211 pound safety who can play both FS and SS but is a better SS.
He, along with Duron Harmon, will be depth behind Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung. He most likely will excel as SS. The Pats really needed a SS behind Chung.
Jordan Richards is described as a coachable player who loves the game. He works hard and plays with passion. He was also the unquestioned leader and field general for the Stanford Cardinals during his 3 year career. He’s smart and a great tackler. He’s very good in-the box. He also attacks the ball at its highest point and makes a lot of difficult interceptions. He had 21 pass breakups at Stanford. He was a very productive player at Stanford and got better every year.
He totaled 247 tackles, 1 sack, 9 interceptions with 1 returned for a touchdown, 24 passes defended, and 5 forced fumbles.
In the third round, Belichick dealt away his first 3rd round pick (96th overall) and a 7th rounder to the Cleveland Browns for their 4th rounder (111 overall), a fifth (147), and a 6th rounder (202 overall).
The Pats would take DE Geneo Grissom with their very next pick at 97th overall in the 3rd.
Grissom is a versatile defensive end from Oklahoma. He’s played defensive end, tight end, and linebacker during his 4 year career at Oklahoma.
Grissom had 89 tackles (17 for loss), 8 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and 8 pass breakups.
He projects to be a pass rusher from the DT spot in the NFL. Basically, he can play anywhere on the defense.
The Patriots have gone defense through the first 3 rounds of the NFL Draft.
See Grissom’s full highlights HERE.