The Patriots drafted 11 total players in this year’s draft, most of which were defensive players.
On day 3, the NFL would finish up their rounds 4 through 7.
The Pats took DE Trey Flowers from Arkansas with their 101 overall pick in the 4th round. He’s a good pass rusher and a very good run stuffer.
Their 2nd, 4th round pick, number 111 overall, the Pats took an OG in Tre Jackson from Florida State. He’s excellent in the run block and good in the pass block. The Pats needed more linemen and on that day they got better in that area. Many thought Flowers and Jackson could have been their 2nd and 3rd round picks.
The Pats 3rd and final 4th round selection (131 overall) was OG Shaq Mason out of Georgia Tech. Many people loved this pick. I loved this pick. Mason is a very good player with so much upside.
The Pats traded their 147th (5th round) overall pick to the Green Bay Packers for their 166th (5th round), and 247th pick (7th Round).
The Pats took LS Joe Cardona from Navy with their 166th pick overall in the 5th round. The Pats have been looking for a permanent long snapper the past few seasons and this guy is one of the best prospects in a long time.
The Pats took LB Matthew Wells from Mississippi State with their 6th round pick (178th overall). He’s a freak of nature with speed. He’s a linebacker who moves like a safety, but doesn’t do great against the run. He might be a huge special teams player.
The Pats took another SEC player with their 202 overall pick in the 6th round in TE A.J. Derby from Arkansas. He use to be a QB who made the move to TE as a Hog. He’s depth and probably practice squad material while he continues to improve as a player.
The Pats took a corner in the 7th round (257th overall). Darryl Roberts out of Marshall was their first and only selection of a cornerback in this draft. He has great upside if he can make the team and remain on the practice squad or the special teams for a season. Who knows, maybe he turns some heads like that undrafted guy named Butler.
The Pats took LB Xzavier Dickson from Alabama with their 7th round pick (253 overall). He will know this style of coach, obviously from playing for Nick Saban and defense. To see his highlights go HERE.
The Pats also do their best work from rounds 3 and up, so any number of these might end up being a star like that 6th round star named Tom Brady and that 7th round star Julian Edelman. These guys shouldn’t care where they were drafted they just need to show up this off-season.