As the Patriots enter Day 3 of the draft, they have just about all of their immediate needs taken care of. They should be able to go after the best player available, and take some swings on talent with their five remaining scheduled selections. Their current picks – pending any trades – are 120th, 177th, 188th, 197th, and 242nd overall.
Because this draft has been very off balance position-by-position so far, there will be a surprising amount of talent on the board at a few key spots once the fourth round begins. Some of the stronger spots include tackle, safety, and running back, while runs at cornerback, linebacker, and wide receiver make those groups slightly harder to predict.
Here’s a look at the landscape of some key positions for the Patriots, with available players who project as potential draft picks highlighted. The labels after each name indicate where that player is expected to go on Day 3, with ‘early’ meaning rounds 4-5, ‘middle’ rounds 5-6, and ‘late’ rounds 6-7.
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