New England Patriots

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A video board displays the text "THE PICK IS IN" for the New England Patriots during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
  • We’re into the final hours of the pre-NFL Draft process. With five mock drafts in the books, it’s time to change things up as the clock continues to tick down.

    When I wrote this last year, I wasn’t exactly sure what to call it. I’m still not, but people seemed to enjoy it so it’s back. It’s somewhere between a big board and a mock draft, depending on how you want to look at it.

    Basically, we’re going to take a look at the top options on the board at each of the Patriots’ nine current assigned draft spots (we’ll combined 200 and 210 into one since there’s overlap there). That will include one ‘stretch’ player and one reach’ player for each spot. The stretch player is a player who is expected to go earlier but could fall to that spot, while the reach player is a player the Patriots may draft earlier than projected based on fit.

    The point of this list can be used to familiarize yourself with some of the potential Patriots prospects. When it comes to following the NFL Draft, part of it can be simply getting familiar with as many names as possible.

    To make this more interactive, view it as a way to do your own mock draft. Pick one player from each spot, and that’s your draft. To make things interesting, try to limit yourself to only one stretch player, and use at least one reach player. If you want to share it, tweet your results to me (@RealAlexBarth) and/or @985TheSportsHub.

  • Round 1, Pick 21

    Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (23) reacts after an interception during the second quarter at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina Saturday, November 27, 2021. (Ken Ruinard /Staff/ USA TODAY NETWORK)

    Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (23) reacts after an interception during the second quarter at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina Saturday, November 27, 2021. (Ken Ruinard /Staff/ USA TODAY NETWORK)

    –CB Andrew Booth, Clemson
    –CB Kaiir Elam, Florida
    –DL George Karlaftis, Purdue
    –LB Nakobe Dean, Georgia
    –WR Jahan Dotson, Penn State
    –G Zion Johnson, Boston College
    –OT Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa (Stretch)
    –S Daxton Hill (Reach)

    It’s going to take something completely out of the box for the Patriots to have a shot at one of the top-30 graded wide receivers. Realistically, they’re looking in the front seven or the secondary.

  • Round 2, Pick 54:

    MADISON, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 13: Marshall Lang #88 of the Northwestern Wildcats is tackled by Leo Chenal #5 of the Wisconsin Badgers after making a catch in the first half at Camp Randall Stadium on November 13, 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

    MADISON, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 13: Marshall Lang #88 of the Northwestern Wildcats is tackled by Leo Chenal #5 of the Wisconsin Badgers after making a catch in the first half at Camp Randall Stadium on November 13, 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

    –LB Chad Muma, Wyoming
    –LB Leo Chenal, Wisconsin
    –DL Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma
    –WR John Metchie, Alabama
    –WR Christian Watson, North Dakota State
    –OT Daniel Faalele, Minnesota
    –LB Quay Walker, Georgia (Stretch)
    –CB Tariq Woolen, UTSA (Reach)

    If you can’t tell, the linebacker class in this draft is stocked in the second round. Matt Dolloff and I discussed that more on the latest Patriots Preview podcast.

  • Round 3, Pick 85

    COLUMBUS, OHIO - NOVEMBER 20: Nicholas Petit-Frere #78 of the Ohio State Buckeyes plays against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    COLUMBUS, OHIO – NOVEMBER 20: Nicholas Petit-Frere #78 of the Ohio State Buckeyes plays against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    –LB Troy Andersen, Montana State
    –CB/KR Marcus Jones, Houston
    –S Nick Cross, Maryland
    –WR Khalil Shakir, Boise State
    –OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio State
    –OG Dylan Parham, Memphis
    –OL Jamaree Salyer, Georgia (Stretch)
    –RB James Cook, Georgia (Reach)

    There’s a lot of different directions the Patriots can go with their final top-100 pick. If they end up trading back, this would be the range where they might end up with multiple picks.

  • Round 4, Pick 127

    Nov 13, 2021; Carson, California, USA; Nevada Wolf Pack wide receiver Romeo Doubs (7) catches a pass for a touchdown against the San Diego State Aztecs during the second half at Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 13, 2021; Carson, California, USA; Nevada Wolf Pack wide receiver Romeo Doubs (7) catches a pass for a touchdown against the San Diego State Aztecs during the second half at Dignity Health Sports Park. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

    –CB Jalyn Armour-Davis, Alabama
    –OL Zach Tom, Wake Forest
    –WR Romeo Doubs, Nevada
    –RB Brian Robinson, Alabama
    –OL Luke Goedeke, Central Michigan
    –P Matt Araiza, San Diego State
    –CB Zyon McCollum (Stretch)
    –DL Thomas Booker, Stanford (Reach)

    The Patriots have met with Doubs three times during the pre-draft process. If they’re going to take him, this would be the spot.

  • Round 5, Pick 158

    EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 27: Verone McKinley III #23 of the Oregon Ducks stops Trevon Bradford #8 of the Oregon State Beavers on a two point conversion at Autzen Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)

    EUGENE, OR – NOVEMBER 27: Verone McKinley III #23 of the Oregon Ducks stops Trevon Bradford #8 of the Oregon State Beavers on a two point conversion at Autzen Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)

    –S Verone McKinely, Oregon
    –LB Jesse Luketa, Penn State
    –DT Neil Farrell, LSU
    –RB Tyler Badie, Missouri
    –WR Bo Melton, Rutgers
    –QB Bailey Zappe, Western Kentucky
    –WR Kyle Phillips, UCLA (Stretch)
    –TE Cigoziem Okonkwo, Maryland (Reach)

    What will the Patriots do with their lone remaining pick? This is the one they grabbed in the DeVante Parker trade.

  • Round 6, Pick 183

    Sep 18, 2021; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Florida Gators linebacker Jeremiah Moon (7) against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Sep 18, 2021; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Florida Gators linebacker Jeremiah Moon (7) against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    –S JT Woods, Baylor
    –CB Mykael Wright, Oregon
    –DT Otito Ogbonnia, UCLA
    –G Joshua Ezeudu, UNC
    –OL Chris Paul, Tulsa
    –WR Tyquan Thornton, Baylor
    –DT John Ridgeway, Arkansas (Stretch)
    –LB Jeremiah Moon, Florida (Reach)

    The first of the Patriots’ three sixth-round picks. They generally like taking offensive linemen in this range of the draft, will that trend continue?

  • Round 6, Picks 200 & 210

    Kentucky nose guard Marquan McCall (50) reacts after a stop during a NCAA college football game in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl against Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

    Kentucky nose guard Marquan McCall (50) reacts after a stop during a NCAA college football game in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl against Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. (Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen/USA Today Network)

    –LB Christopher Allen, Alabama
    –LB Nate Landman, Colorado
    –CB Chase Lucas, Arizona State
    –S Smoke Monday, Auburn
    –DT Marquan McCall, Kentucky
    –DL Christopher Hinton, Michigan
    –RB Hassan Haskins, Michigan
    –OL Justin Shaffer, Georgia
    –OL Cade Mays, Tennessee
    –OT Andrew Steuber, Michigan
    –QB Kaleb Eleby, Western Michigan
    –WR Jalen Nailor, Michigan State
    –OL Alec Lindstrom, Boston College (Stretch)
    –CB Cordale Flott, LSU (Stretch)
    –RB Zonovan Knight, NC State (Reach)
    –LB Aaron Hansford, Texas A&M (Reach)

    These two picks should have pretty similar player pools. If you’re playing along with the mock draft, take two from this section.

  • Round 7, Pick 245

    Oct 30, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears running back Trestan Ebner (1) looks for more yards against the Texas Longhorns in the second half of an NCAA football game at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Spillman-USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 30, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears running back Trestan Ebner (1) looks for more yards against the Texas Longhorns in the second half of an NCAA football game at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Spillman-USA TODAY Sports

    –DT D.J. Davison, Arizona State
    –DE Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, Notre Dame
    –P Jordan Stout, Penn State
    –WR Samori Toure, Nebraska
    –RB Trestan Ebner, Baylor
    –QB E.J. Perry, Brown
    –CB Jaylen Watson, Washington State (Stretch)
    –CB Dallis Flowers (Reach)

    Time to round out the draft. There’s a lot of potential immediate special teams contributors on this list.

  • UDFAs

    Sep 4, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers linebacker John Petrishen (0) rushes at the line of scrimmage against the Massachusetts Minutemen during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    Sep 4, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers linebacker John Petrishen (0) rushes at the line of scrimmage against the Massachusetts Minutemen during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    –QB/WR D’Eriq King
    –RB Isaih Pacheco, Rutgers
    –WR Britain Covey, Utah
    –TE/FB Connor Heyward, Michigan State
    –OL James Empey, BYU
    –DL LaBryan Ray, Alabama
    –LB/S Johnny Petrishen, Pitt
    –CB Josh Thompson, Texas
    –S Drew Hartlaub, Penn State
    –K Nate Needham, Bowling Green

    It’s tough to predict UDFAs before the draft, but it’s a question people like to ask. Here’s a quick rundown of some players expected to be at the top of the undrafted class. If you’re still playing along with the mock draft, pick one on offense and one on defense.