Bill Belichick

New England Patriots NFL Draft Breakdown

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series 2019 NFL Draft Breakdown

The six-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots had the most picks in this year’s NFL Draft with 10 in total. I know, I’m confused as well.

Anyway, this is how it went down for the defending champs.

Players Drafted

Player Pick Position School
N’Keal Harry 32 WR Arizona State
Joejuan Williams 45 CB Vanderbilt
Chase Winovich 77 DE Michigan
Damien Harris 87 RB Alabama
Yodny Cajuste 101 OT West Virginia
Hjalte Froholdt 118 OG Arkansas
Jarrett Stidham 133 QB Auburn
Byron Cowart 159 DE Maryland
Jake Bailey 163 P Stanford
Ken Webster 252 CB Mississippi

Notable UDFA

Player Pos. School
Jakobi Meyers WR NC State
Nick Brosette RB LSU
Terez Hall LB Missouri
Malik Gant DB Marshall
Tyler Gauthier OL Miami

TEAM 2019 Outlook

Offense

With the retirement of TE Rob Gronkowski in the offseason, you would be forgiven for thinking that HC Bill Belichick would address the teams need at TE in the Draft. That was not the case. And who am I to argue with the greatest coach the game has ever seen. But I will anyway.

The selection of Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry at pick 32 is a direct replacement for former WR Josh Gordon who is currently suspended by the league for recreational Marijuana use. C’mon man, it’s 2019, let the kid smoke weed.

Coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons, Harry is a stellar replacement for Gordon. He has a great footballing IQ, reads the ball well in the air and is excellent at the contest. He will give CB’s headaches for years as a Patriot.

With pick 87, the Patriots selected Alabama RB Damien Harris. Belichick tends to rotate RBs year on year, but Harris wasn’t even a good RB2 for Alabama. He has shown potential and can pound the rock, but he will never be the standout. He needs to play in a rotation. He might be the man they needed, the late 3rd round is too early.

West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste is an excellent linesman who can dominate in the NFL under the right coaching team, and he just found it. Remember the name, you will be hearing a lot about this kid for a long time.

Cajuste has the big three attributes, power, strength and mobility. It’s hard to teach those things. He has proper technique and lines up well. The ability to slide in the line and communicate with his fellow lineman make him an asset to the team. Leg strength and speed allow him to drive through his opponent and get into the secondary. He has a good football brain and reads plays well.

None of the other offensive Draft picks are anything to write home about, but the acquisition of UDFAs Jakobi Meyers and Nick Brosette are worth noting.

NC State WR Meyers comes into a stacked WR market, but he has the skills to be a standout for his new outfit. He continues to improve year-on-year adding a 1,000-yard season to his resume in 2018. He wins the ball with lower body speed and great footwork. He will fit nicely into a team led by Tom Brady.

LSU RB Brosette spent two years sitting behind Darius Guice and Leonard Fournette before he got his chance to shine but didn’t seem to learn a lot from that time. Don’t get me wrong, he runs the ball hard in a straight line, he just doesn’t have that X-factor that most of the RBs have these days. He lacks the ability to find lanes, cut into gaps and the dual-threat RB/Receiver we see these days.

He is in the right environment to develop his game.

Defense

Vanderbilt CB Joejuan Williams was the first defensive player off the board for the Patriots. He is a hot and cold player. He shows physical brilliance as a shutdown corner at times and then other games he lacks the drive to be on the fields at all. He will sit behind Jason McCourty and Duke Dawson. He needs to continue to develop his game if he is to be a star of the future.

Michigan DE Chase Winovich on the other hand, is an incredible talent. He has been likened to former Green Bay Packer Clay Matthews. He is one of the hungriest edge rushers in this Draft class. He has a huge heart and never slows down. For a young man, he has an understanding of the game that not many players have at his age. He bends his body well, gets around the arc and has the ability to defeat blockers and get after the QB.

He will be a starter for the Patriots for years to come.

Grade – A

All in all, the Patriots continue to improve their ridiculous good team for the 2019 season. The AFC may be more open this year, but the front runners are getting better as well.

This is going to be a great title race.

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