Samuel Adams is a brewer and patriot, but he never played for the Patriots.  Tom Beer did.

New England Patriots 2020 Draft Grade: C-

The Patriots traded out of the first round as they often do.  The snagged Kyle Dugger, a small school safety with ridiculous measurables.  He can sit a year and learn from the best.  (Side bar: The Matriculator played hoops against Dugger's Dad for years and coached his sister).  The Pats took two DE/LB hybrids in Josh Uche and Afernee Jennings.  They fit the versatility that the Patriots usually develop into stars.  We had Brycen Hopkins as a borderline first round talent and the Patriots took Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keane?  Those weren't good picks.  Day three didn't produce any names of note.


New England Patriots 2018 Draft Grade: B

The Patriots had two first round picks and plucked two players from our top twenty list in G Isaish Wynn and RB Sony Michel.  Those were great picks, but we felt that there were better corners available than their second round corner Duke Dawson. WR Braxton Berrios could develop into the next Danny Amendola in a year or two.

New England Patriots 2017 Draft Grade: B-

The Pats sure are getting a lot of greatest this and greatest that hype for a team that just won its first non-cheating Super Bowl in 40+ years.  Anyway, they only had four picks with their first selection in round three, but they did a solid job. They got nice value with pass rushers Derek Rivers in the third round and Dietrich Wise in the fourth.  They took two talented but inconsistent tackles who might benefit from NFL strength and conditioning programs in Antonio Garcia and Connor McDermott.  We expect Garcia to step in as a starter in 2018.

New England Patriots 2016 NFL Draft Grade: C

G Joe Thuney saved the Patriots from a failing grade.  We think he's going to be a Pro Bowl type starter in the next few years.  Their next best player was the oft-torched CB Cyrus Jones and the oft-injured WR Malcolm Mitchell.  We don't see much after that.


The Patriots once again took an early defensive back who some people weren't sure was draftable.  It's uncanny how bad they are, and with the same position year after year.  Jordan Richards?  In the first round however they got a nice value in Malcom Brown who should go a long way to replacing Vince Wilfork.  Brown isn't quite as big as Wilfork but has some pass rushing chops.  Oklahoma OLB Geneo Grissom in the third was another reach, but in the fourth they drafted 3 talented players (Tre Flowers, Tre Jackson and Shaq Mason) at least one of whom should turn out to be a starter. 

UDFA most likely to make the team: David Andrews- C, Georgia


In a vacuum, the Patriots had some great picks.   In fact, their first pick wasn't until 29 but they wound up with two of our top twenty ranked players in 2nd round tosser Jimmy Garoppolo and 4th round tackle Cameron Fleming.  So why so negative on the draft grade?  If Dominique Easley doesn't come back from his ACL injury it's possible that none of their picks see any meaningful action in 2014 or 2015.  Easley is a first round talent but for, and the old "but" should have been a consideration, his history of blown knees on both legs.  Garoppolo is in a perfect situation sitting behind Brady, but what if Brady hangs on another three years?  Fleming won't start at tackle (maybe conversion to guard) unless someone gets hurt and Jon Halapio is talented but unrefined.  We could realistically see this draft class making zero contributions in 2014, though it could be a great one years down the road.

UDFA most likely to make the team:  Justin Jones- TE, E. Carolina