The Patriots dynasty saved on maintaining on en path to a sixth Tremendous Bowl title in 2018, however now the crew should flip their consideration to the 2019 NFL Draft.
One other 12 months, one other Lombardi trophy.
The New England Patriots proceed to gather Tremendous Bowl titles like they’re one sale at Costco however with one other championship additionally comes extra added strain to repeat, which makes the NFL Draft one of the necessary components of the roster-building course of going into subsequent season.
The Pats loved vital contributions from 2018 first-round decide Sony Michel and hope to land a participant with an analogous affect early on within the 2019 draft.
Do the wealthy preserve getting richer? They actually may for those who’re a New England fan, as this 12 months the Pats might wind up with as many as 12 picks when compensatory picks are factored in. With these comp picks not slated to be introduced till the top of the month, we’ll for now check out the picks the crew at the moment has on the books. The crew will decide 3 times within the first two rounds and likewise owns a third-round decide from the Lions, in addition to three seventh-round picks (their very own plus picks from Cleveland and Philadelphia).
Free company and the Mix will undoubtedly have a big impact on how the continuing seven-round mock draft performs out, however for now, right here’s a have a look at what I believe the Pats could do on draft day.
Whereas it’s unlikely that cornerback Jason McCourty leaves in free company this offseason, each he and twin brother Devin might doubtlessly be available on the market after subsequent season. Which means that the Patriots could be smart to proceed to spend money on their secondary of the long run. The curious absence of final 12 months’s second-round decide Duke Dawson additionally means the crew might re-focus on the secondary in 2019.
One participant who might match on the finish of the primary spherical, significantly if a lot of the premiere edge rushers are off the board, is Washington cornerback Byron Murphy.
Whereas Murphy doesn’t have fairly the dimensions and size that NFL groups have coveted in recent times, he has excellent manufacturing and short-area quickness. Regardless of taking part in in simply 20 video games with the Huskies, Murphy racked up six interceptions and 20 passes defended to associate with 74 whole tackles.
He can play slightly uncontrolled at instances however there’s little question that he has the short-area quickness that the Patriots like to see of their defensive again prospects. Don’t be shocked if Murphy posts among the best three-cone instances on the upcoming NFL Mix, one thing that, mixed together with his upside, might vault him into the primary spherical.