New England Patriots mock draft 2019: Seven rounds, picks, team needs, big board, multiple options for every selection
Get ready for the NFL Draft with everything you need to know about the New England Patriots
The Patriots are coming off yet another Super Bowl win, and while Rob Gronkowski retired and key players like Trey Flowers and Trent Brown left in free agency, the champs are poised to get even richer. That's because they currently own 12 picks in the draft, including six by the end of Round 3. They'll have the leeway to package picks together to move up for the perfect prospect. If you're not scared yet, fans of the other 31 teams, you should be.
Below, you can check out which picks the Patriots currently have, along with our projection of their top positional needs. I'll then build a war-room big board based upon players I think have some kind of chance of making it to their first pick before sharing multiple draft classes that make sense for the team from myself, Ryan Wilson and Chris Trapasso.
As for the actual draft, you'll be able to stream our live coverage right here on CBS Sports HQ (or download the CBS Sports app for free on any mobile or connected TV device) breaking down all the picks and everything you need to know during draft weekend.
Current draft picks
|7||243||from Kansas City through San Francisco, Cleveland|
The CBS Sports NFL writing staff to identify needs for each team heading into the draft. A helpful guide: any position group that had an average ranking worse than 16.0 (on a scale of 1 to 32) was considered a "need," while any that ranked worse than 23.0 (bottom-third of the league) was considered a "pressing need."
Needs: WR/TE, EDGE, INT DL
Pressing: WR/TE, INT DL
The defending champs are still in pretty good shape with elite quarterback play, one of the best running back combinations in the league, the best offensive line coach in NFL history, and a terrific secondary. It seems strange calling wide receiver/tight end a glaring need given that they just won a Super Bowl with half-strength Gronk, Julian Edelman, and that's it, but Gronk is gone now and they need a talent infusion there. They probably can't get T.J. Hockenson, but Noah Fant or one of the tight ends in the second or third-round range would make a lot of sense. They scooped up Michael Bennett after figuring out they were almost definitely losing Trey Flowers, and they don't care about the edge as much as other teams anyway, but they have to find this year's version of Danny Shelton and Malcom Brown to solidify the middle of the defense.
War room big board
Will the Patriots make a move up from No. 32? Will they trade back again for even more picks, perhaps in the 2020 draft? Here's how I'd project the Cardinals' draft board for their first pick, considering only players I feel have some chance of making it in range:
- TE Noah Fant, Iowa (trade up)
- DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
- DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
- WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
- WR N'Keal Harry, Arizona State
- WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
- DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
- DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
- WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
- S Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State
- OL Kaleb McGary, Washington
- QB Daniel Jones, Duke
Seven-round mock drafts
|1||32||WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss|| |
|2||56||TE Irv Smith Jr., Alabama||from CHI|
|2||64||CB Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt|| |
|3||73||WR Andy Isabella, UMass||from DET|
|3||97||to Tampa Bay|| |
|3||101||DT Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M|| |
|4||107||ILB Blake Cashman, Minnesota||from TB*|
|4||134||to San Francisco|| |
|5||147||S Sheldrick Redwine, Miami||from TB/BUF*|
|6||191||RB Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M||from BAL*|
|6||205||to Baltimore|| |
|7||239||QB Gardner Minshew II, Washington State||from PHI|
|7||243||LB Jamal Davis II, Akron||from KC|
|7||246||to Baltimore|| |
|7||252||to San Francisco|| |
| || ||DE Arik Armstead (from San Francisco)|| |
This draft should be about adding weapons to the passing game after losing Rob Gronkowski and multiple receivers this offseason, and that starts at No. 32 with A.J. Brown, a great route-runner with excellent size who can share the load with Julian Edelman as a primary passing option with Gronkowski out the door. Before Day 2 kicks off, the Patriots work out another deal with their trade buddies in San Francisco to land Arik Armstead for fourth- and seventh-round picks after the 49ers land Nick Bosa at No. 2. Considering all the picks New England has, it's a fine price to pay for a talented young player on his fifth-year option.
Once Day 2 starts, the Patriots scoop up a receiving tight end in Smith who didn't test well but can work the seam and stretch the field, and Tom Brady will know how to get the most out of him. After adding a big, proven corner at the end of the second round, the Patriots snag another receiving weapon in Round 3 with Isabella, who ran a 4.31 40 and knows how to get open. With Edelman, Brown, Isabella and Smith, the Patriots won't be lacking for options in the passing game. After trading out of Day 2 with their second pick of Round 3, the team snags a versatile defensive lineman whose best fit should be as a penetrator on the interior.
The first pick they landed after trading down with the Bucs nets the Patriots a linebacker prospect who had an outstanding combine and can contribute immediately on special teams while eventually emerging with a role on the defense. The second pick from that trade is used on a versatile safety who should be able to take over as a starter down the road. The Pats then make a small move up in the sixth to land Williams, who shined as an all-around back at Texas A&M and would be a steal this late in a class saturated with Round 3-6 caliber running backs. The Patriots then spend their remaining picks on a developmental quarterback and a potential special-teams ace who might not have a clear position on defense.
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(*) indicates pick acquired via trade
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