The Patriots have been scheduled to pick 21st overall in the round since their season ended in mid-January. Projecting that hasn’t been an issue leading up to the draft. But for Patriots fans planning their draft parties or just hoping to get to bed early, the real question is what time will the team be on the clock Thursday night?
Last year, the Indianapolis Colts made the 21st pick (DE Kwity Paye) at about 10:50 p.m. ET. That was with three draft night trades made ahead of the pick.
That’s the latest the pick has been made in the last few years. In 2020, the Philadelphia Eagles took receiver Jalen Reagor at 21 just before 10:50. Prior to that, the Green Bay Packers made safety Darnell Savage the 21st selection at 10:35. 2018 was the earliest the 21st pick has fallen in quite some time, with the Bengals taking center Billy Price at 10:25. In 2017, the Lions took Jarrad Davis at about 10:40. Going back to 2016, the Texans took wide receiver Will Fuller at 10:30.
As we can see, the pick has been getting later and later in recent years. With the trade market expected to be very active this year, that could push things back even further. Patriots fans should be ready for the pick to push 11:00 if that ends up being true.
Of course, this is all predicated on the Patriots actually making their pick at 21. If they trade back that’ll make the wait longer. Last year, the first round came to an end just after midnight.
Patriots fans looking for up-to-the-minute draft coverage during the wait can tune into 98.5 The Sports Hub, where Adam Jones and Joe Murray will be live from Kings in the Seaport following the conclusion of the Bruins game. We’ll also have coverage throughout the night right here on 985TheSportsHub.com.
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