The Patriots continue to load up on defense in the 2021 NFL Draft. After taking three front-seven players with their first five picks, the team added a defensive back – Missouri safety Joshuah Bledsoe – with the 188th overall selection.
Bledsoe played 43 games in four years at Missouri, totaling 18 pass breakups and one interception. He also racked up 130 total tackles.
As one of Missouri’s most productive and clutch defensive backs in 2020, Bledsoe came up big in a handful of key moments. He forced a fumble to seal a victory for the Tigers against Kentucky. He held LSU receiver Terrace Marshall, whom the Panthers drafted in the second round, to just three catches for 52 yards and broke up a fourth-down pass to close out another win.
According to his draft profile at NFL.com, Bledsoe “plays with plenty of toughness and competitiveness, but his coverage limitations and lack of traits are concerns.”