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Patriots Earn an ‘B+’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a very good grade is that of the Pats, who according to Kiper got an ‘B+’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

The last time I saw Tom Brady on a football field, he threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns against a good defense. If the draft told us anything, it’s that the decision-makers in New England think No. 12 can continue to defy age for at least another year, because unless you think seventh-rounder Danny Etling is a great developmental prospect (I don’t), Brady has no Jimmy Garoppolo pushing him. In fact, the Patriots had a focus on helping Brady out. Isaiah Wynn (pick 23) has traits that say he might be better at guard, but he can play tackle. And if it wasn’t such a crowded backfield, I’d peg Sony Michel as a Rookie of the Year candidate — he’s an explosive SEC-tested running back who is scary in space. I’m typically down on first-round RBs, but he was No. 28 on my board, and the Patriots nabbed him at 31.

The Patriots’ defense — the secondary in particular — was thrashed too often last year, certainly in February, and Duke Dawson (56) could help. He’s best when he can play press-man, and seems like an immediate help in the slot. Linebacker would be a major concern if I were a Patriots fan, and Ja’Whaun Bentley (143) at least has a chance to stick. Braxton Berrios (210) seems cut from New England wide receiver central casting. No surprise if he sticks and finds a way to help — though don’t expect early returns.

Every year we ask if the Patriots could have done more, but this team annually picks at the end of Round 1. You have to develop when you pick where they do, and to their credit, they do. The big question will be whether they could have used the Michel pick for needed defensive help.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/23 Isaiah Wynn OT GEORGIA
1/31 Sony Michel RB GEORGIA
2/56 Duke Dawson CB FLORIDA
5/143 Ja’Whaun Bentley ILB PURDUE
6/178 Christian Sam OLB ARIZONA STATE
6/210 Braxton Berrios WR MIAMI
7/219 Danny Etling QB LSU
7/243 Keion Crossen CB WESTERN CAROLINA
7/250 Ryan Izzo TE FLORIDA STATE


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