Best moment for the Patriots may have been when Kevin Faulk, Patriots former RB, announced the pick alongside NFL’s Troy Vincent, wearing a Tom Brady jersey and said “The New England Patriots and Tom Brady select….”
Below will be a quick recap of the Patriots draft day.
The Patriots drafted their first pick of the 2016 draft in the second round, number 60 overall, CB Cyrus Jones from Alabama.
Jones is 5’10 and 197 pounds. He improved every year at Alabama as a corner, once he made the switch from WR to corner as a sophomore. He’s very physical and loves to talk trash and mix it up. He’s a great tackler and excellent in run support. He’s very good at press corner and has been tested against college team’s best wide outs every week. He has the experience on the outside but will most likely play nickel which will be even better for the corner. He’s a favorite in the locker room and loves to play football and study film. An excellent student of the game. He’s a great return specialist too. Return 4 punts for a touchdown last season.
The Patriots traded their second pick of the second round to the Saints for an additional third round pick, giving them three overall and a fourth round pick.
The Patriots drafted OL Joe Thuney in the third round (78th overall) from North Carolina State. He’s 6’5 and 304 pounds. He’s not the biggest OL ever but he has and can play at every position on the line. He’s an excellent run blocker.
The Patriots drafted QB Jacoby Brissett in the third round with their 91st pick overall from North Carolina State. He’s 6’4 and 231 pounds. He’s a big guy who has a lot of mobility and once he left Florida for the ACC really improved. His play reminds you of Big Ben and the Patriots needed one more QB to play behind Jimmy Garoppolo in case the Brady misses the first four games of the season.
The Patriots drafted again in the third round with the 96th overall pick, taking DT Vincent Valentine from Nebraska. He’s 6’4 and 331 pounds. He’s massive and known for taking on double teams and eating up the team’s OL, providing the way for linebackers.
The Patriots drafted WR Malcolm Mitchell in the fourth round, 112th overall from Georgia. Mitchell is an excellent route runner with even better hands. He’s 6’1 and 198 pounds. High character guy.
The Patriots drafted safety Kamu Grugier-Hill in the sixth round, 208th overall from Illinois. He’s a hybrid safety/linebacker. He’s fast, very fast, has the size to go against anybody in a jump ball and can track and catch the running backs or wide outs. His speed can also make him a great blitzer. A lot of potential. He’s 6’2 and 215 pounds.
The Patriots took Houston’s linebacker Elandon Roberts in the sixth round, 214th overall. He’s 6’0 and 235 pounds. Great run stuffer, a great player and person on and off the field and loves to learn. He’s coachable.
The Patriots took Illinois Guard Ted Karras in the sixth round, 221st overall. A four year starter with experience. He adds much needed depth to the line.
The Patriots took WR Devin Lucien from Arizona State with their final pick, 225th overall, in the seventh round. He’s 6’5 and 195 pounds. Works middle of the field, a nice deep threat and nice hands.