New England Patriots

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: The New England Patriots logo is seen on a video board during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

As their season comes to a close, the Patriots’ draft slot is now set. Between the loss to the Buffalo Bills and other decisions from Wild Card Weekend, New England officially owns the 21st selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.

If the Patriots keep the pick, it will be just the third time in the last nine years they make a selection in the top 25. That includes quarterback Mac Jones, who went 15th, as well as tackle Isaiah Wynn, the 23rd overall pick in 2018.

The Patriots have drafted 21st six times in franchise history, with mixed results. They originally owned the selected three times, and traded for it three times. Here’s a look at whom they’ve taken in that spot…

While the Patriots have traded into the 21st spot three times (Graham, Wilfork, Jones), they’ve never traded out of it. The three times it’s been their original selection, they’ve made the pick. Of course, every year is a new year and there’s a first time for everything.

Who is projected to be on the board with the 21st pick? We’ll have plenty of draft coverage on 98.5 The Sports Hub and 985TheSportsHub.com in the coming months to really break down the options, but there are a few names to know to get started. According to NFLMockDraftDatabase.com, the current consensus 21st player on big boards is Georgia DL Jordan Davis, while the consensus 21st pick in mock drafts is Florida CB Kaiir Elam. Other players who have been commonly linked to the Patriots in that range are Ohio State receiver Chris Olave, and Arkansas receiver Treylon Burks.

The first round of the NFL Draft is set for April 28, with the ensuing rounds over the next two days. This year, the event is being held in Las Vegas.

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