All offseason we’ve spent time dreaming about potentially adding DeAndre Hopkins to the Patriots, but who are the Top 5 players on the team right now?
During the Tom Brady era this was almost an impossible chanllenge. From the first half of the dynasty until the very end, there were proven Super Bowl winners that had done the job on the biggest stage. That’s not a reality for the Patriots anymore.
Mike Giardi started this trend a few days ago on Twitter and it has become a heavily debated topic with 2 weeks remaining until training camp. Evan Lazar joined in on the fun with his on list as well. Most of the debate isn’t over the first few names, but it comes down to those final two spots and whether you value offense or defense more.
Another major factor that should be excluded is age. It’s not about the future or what a player is going to turn into one day, if that was the case it would look a bit different. This is all about the here and now, and what these players are going to add to the Patriots this upcoming season.
Giardi’s Top 5: Matt Judon, Rhamondre Stevenson, Michael Onwenu, Kyle Dugger, and Hunter Henry
Lazar’s Top 5: Matt Judon, Kyle Dugger, Michael Onwenu, Jonathan Jones, Rhamondre Stevenson
It’s not an easy task. That probably speaks on the state of the Patriots more than anything, but there have been new additions this offseason that are expected to make an impact.
Could Mike Gesicki make the list? How about their big offseason signing of JuJu Smith-Schuster? We all know Hopkins would immediately jump into the same tier as Judon.
Beetle and Hardy both did the exercise, and they landed with the same grouping as Giardi. As usual, I saw things a little bit differently. Here’s the way I ended up breaking things down.