Our 2023 NFL Draft positional preview series has reached the defensive side of the ball. We’ll get started with defensive linemen, looking at the top defensive tackles and ends in this draft as well as other players to know at those positions.
Defensive end is a need for the Patriots in this draft, even if it isn’t a headline-grabbing one. Deatrich Wise returns after a career year, but behind him there are questions. Lawrence Guy is entering his age 33 season, and after him the only other players on the roster at the position are 2022 sixth-round pick Sam Roberts – who didn’t play much as a rookie, and UDFA DaMarcus Mitchell, who mainly contributed on special teams last season.