The 2021 NFL draft is officially over, how did the Patriots fare this year? Are they still “bad at drafting”? How does it hold up in terms of talent? Let’s find out…
Round 1, Pick 15: Mac Jones, Quarterback, Alabama
The Patriots get their man in Alabama’s Mac Jones. Jones possesses a great football IQ, pro ready decision making, and pinpoint accuracy, I won’t spend too much time on this pick as I have already covered it. If you want the full opinion, here is the article link: https://cjspatriotsopinions.com/2021/04/30/snap-judgements-patriots-select-mac-jones-15th-overall/
Round 2, Pick 38: Christian Barmore, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
The Nick Saban-Bill Belichick connection comes through for this pick, as the Patriots trade up to get an absolute steal in Barmore. Barmore is the best DT prospect in this draft and can stuff the run and get after the quarterback, he somehow fell to the second round and the Patriots can use this giant man(6’5, 311 lb.) to plug up a leaky run defense.
Round 3, Pick 96: Ronnie Perkins, Edge Rusher, Oklahoma
This could very well be the steal of the draft, Perkins who is one of the better edge rushers in this draft and a top 50 prospect, falls to pick 96. Many were upset that they didn’t draft a receiver here, but make no mistake, Perkins was the best player available and he can revitalize the pass rush. He is a powerful pass rusher who plays angry, bowls over blockers, and can get after the quarterback.
Round 4, Pick 120: Rhamondre Stevenson, Runningback, Oklahoma
The Patriots snag another Oklahoma Sooner in the bruising back, Rhamondre Stevenson. He’s 6’0 247 lbs. and bowls through tacklers like pylons with a 4.6 40 time, he’s the power back that New England hasn’t has since LeGarrette Blount. This may have broader implications, as it means that Sony Michel and James White will likely be allowed to walk after this season.
Round 5, Pick 177: Cameron McGrone, Linebacker, Michigan
The Patriots add to their collection of Michigan defenders (Uche and Winovich) with McGrone. Another late round gem, he is an aggressive, sideline to sideline, type of linebacker and a sure tackler in the open field. What really makes him valuable is his ability to blitz and stuff running plays, as is isn’t afraid of jumping into the fray to make a tackle.
Round 6, Pick 188: Joshua Bledsoe, Safety, Missouri
Bledsoe has Bill Belichick’s favorite attribute, versatility. He can play either Safety spot, be a special teamer, drop down in the slot, or play linebacker on some plays. He is another aggressive player and has a high motor, he always delivers big hits and can be a swiss army knife on defense, kind of like Adrian Phillips currently.
Round 6, Pick 197: William Sherman, Offensive Lineman, Colorado
Sherman is another versatile player for the offensive line. He has experience on the left side and the right side of the offensive line and can play guard or tackle, he can be a good swing backup player and could be special with some good coaching
Round 7, Pick 242: Tre Nixon, Wide Receiver, UCF
Limited to 4 games last season with a broken collarbone, Nixon is very raw, but dripping with potential. He’s speedy, boasting a 40 time of 4.4 and the 3 cone drill time of 6.81. He can climb the ladder to win jump balls and isn’t afraid of contact, he’s a long shot to make the roster as a 7th round pick, but he could very well give N’Keal Harry and Isaiah Zuber a run for their money.
Patriots draft final grade: A
The Pats knocked it out of the park in terms of talent and this draft certainly passes the eye test as far as players go. I wouldn’t be shocked if everyone drafted actually makes the roster, this draft solidifies the roster overhaul and the Patriots could be very dangerous if these players develop. As of now, we’re on to training camp.