New England Patriots

TAMPA, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 27: Tre Nixon #16 of the UCF Knights catches a 51-yard pass thrown by Dillon Gabriel #11 during the second quarter against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium on November 27, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

At least one noted draft analyst likes the Patriots’ final pick of the 2021 draft.

Lance Zierlein at published a list of his three favorite draft picks in each round earlier this week. Zierlein tabbed Tre Nixon as one of his favorite picks in the seventh round, after the Pats selected the wide receiver out of Central Florida with the 242nd overall pick.

“The Patriots have had issues lately finding receivers who can separate, but Nixon could help in that area,” Zierlein wrote. “He has the athletic ability to work all three levels of the field and the route running potential of a pro. His hands and play strength could both use some development.”

Entering camp, Nixon will be, at best, sixth on the wide receiver depth chart. He should begin behind Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, N’Keal Harry, and Gunner Olszewski.

There’s also a good chance that Nixon is redshirted for his rookie year. That is often the case with Patriots rookies, especially developmental prospects taken late in the draft. But if he can improve his hands, he has the potential to develop into a productive outside receiver in the Pats’ system.

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