Our 2023 NFL Draft positional preview wraps up on the defensive side of the ball (but not entirely) with safeties. Overall, this is a down year for safeties in the draft, especially deep/free safeties.
It’s also hard to get a read on just how much the Patriots view safety as a need. Devin McCourty’s retirement clearly opens up a hole on the back end. Yet the team didn’t make any signings there, and seems if anything they plan to handle his replacement internally given reports that Jalen Mills will make the move from cornerback to safety, and bringing back Jonathan Jones on a contract that would be more in line for a hybrid player than a true cornerback.