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With a long-term plan at quarterback now on the roster, the Patriots can turn their attention to building up the rest of their team in the final six rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. That process begins on Friday, with Rounds 2 and 3. The Patriots’ are scheduled to pick at 46 (second-round) and 96 (third-round) overall.

Day 2 is always an interesting one for the Patriots. Of course, there’s their history of second-round defensive backs. In the third round, they’ll have to make a decision on the 96th pick, A.K.A the Tom Brady comp pick. That could turn into a wild trade tree, à la the Jimmy Garoppolo pick in 2018.

There’s also the possibility of a trade. NFL Network’s Mike Giardi said earlier this week the team is concerned with their 50-pick gap, and could look to move up or add assets in between.

As it stands now though, the Patriots are scheduled to make just those two picks, so that’s what we’ll focus on. Here’s some players to watch who project to be on the board at each pick at key positions of need.

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