New England Patriots

  • Last year, quarterback was the most talked about position among Patriots fans leading up to the NFL Draft. This year, that position may be wide receiver.

    The Felger and Mazz Big Board picked three receivers on Wednesday. That includes two players who appear to be textbook Patriots fits. Here’s who they selected.

  • Drake London, USC

    Sep 18, 2021; Pullman, Washington, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Drake London (15) makes a catch in front of Washington State Cougars defensive back Jaylen Watson (0) in the second half at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. The Trojans won 45-14. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

    Sep 18, 2021; Pullman, Washington, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Drake London (15) makes a catch in front of Washington State Cougars defensive back Jaylen Watson (0) in the second half at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. The Trojans won 45-14. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

    Strengths:

    –Elite size and length offers mismatch potential
    –Thrashes through inside leverage for in-breaking routes underneath
    –Uses strength to create ample space for bucket throws near the boundary

    Weaknesses:

    –Lacks desired foot quickness out of release
    –Slow-developing downfield routes require plus pass protection
    –Runs and moves like an athletic tight end

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • Bo Melton, Rutgers

    Nov 27, 2021; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Bo Melton (18) gains yards after the catch against the Maryland Terrapins during the first half at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 27, 2021; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Bo Melton (18) gains yards after the catch against the Maryland Terrapins during the first half at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

    Strengths:

    –Two-time team captain with gunner experience on special teams
    –Route-running ability to get coverage leaning
    –Explosive, well-timed leaps to high-point

    Weaknesses:

    –Stalled and knocked off course by physical press
    –Vertical separation speed looks dull
    –Doesn’t have a true go-to skill to hang his hat on

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • John Metchie, Alabama

    TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - NOVEMBER 06: John Metchie III #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide pulls in this touchdown reception against the LSU Tigers during the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 06, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – NOVEMBER 06: John Metchie III #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide pulls in this touchdown reception against the LSU Tigers during the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 06, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    Strengths:

    –Experience running a pro-caliber route tree
    –Route instincts unlock additional moves to get what he needs
    –Talent to add yards after the catch

    Weaknesses:

    –Suffered ACL tear in December
    –Looks smaller than his listed size
    –Pre-break head turn has become a route tell

    (Source: NFL.com)

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