New England Patriots

Apr 28, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; The 2022 NFL Draft logo is displayed during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft at the NFL Draft Theater. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

  • Two days down, one to go in the 2022 NFL Draft. That hardly means things are slowing down though, as Saturday projects to be a busy one for the Patriots. After making three trades over the first two days – plus a handful more before the draft – New England is scheduled to make seven selections over the final four rounds. That represents quite the influx of draft assets, given the team had just six picks total when the offseason began.

    Day 3 of the draft begins at noon, and moves much faster with just five minutes on the clock per pick. With that, the Patriots will make their first selection relatively early in the day, and will be working nearly to the end, with their final pick in the back end of the seventh round. Here’s a quick rundown of all of their Day 3 picks.

  • Round 4, Pick 121

    STATE COLLEGE, PA - DECEMBER 12: Jesse Luketa #40 of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates after a play against the Michigan State Spartans during the second half at Beaver Stadium on December 12, 2020 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

    STATE COLLEGE, PA – DECEMBER 12: Jesse Luketa #40 of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates after a play against the Michigan State Spartans during the second half at Beaver Stadium on December 12, 2020 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

    The Patriots’ first pick is the 16th selection of the day. This pick was acquired in their first-round trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, and originally belonged to the Miami Dolphins. Last year the Patriots were also on the board right around this time, and ended up taking running back Rhamondre Stevenson 120th overall.

    According to the NFL.com prospect rankings, the top players expected to be on the board at this point are Tennessee DT Matthew Butler, Baylor RB Abram Smith, San Diego State TE Daniel Bellinger, South Carolina running back Kevin Harris, Penn State linebacker Jesse Luketa, and Georgia Tech safety Juanyeh Thomas.

  • Round 4, Pick 127

    Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Jalyn Armour-Davis (5) breaks up a pass intended for Florida Gators wide receiver Justin Shorter (4) in the first half. Florida Gators played their first SEC game against Alabama at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Saturday afternoon, September 18, 2021, in Gainesville, FL. [Doug Engle/Gainesville Sun]

    Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Jalyn Armour-Davis (5) breaks up a pass intended for Florida Gators wide receiver Justin Shorter (4) in the first half. Florida Gators played their first SEC game against Alabama at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Saturday afternoon, September 18, 2021, in Gainesville, FL. [Doug Engle/Gainesville Sun]

    Pending a trade, the Patriots will quickly be back on the board with their original fourth-round pick. Since this has been the Patriots’ pick the entire time, it’s been included in a number of our mock drafts. The projected selections include Sam Houston State CB Zyon McCollum, Alabama CBs Jalyn Armour-Davis and Josh Jobe in two separate mocks, as well as a trade back.

  • Round 4, Pick 137

    Oct 15, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; San Diego State Aztecs kicker Matt Araiza (2) punts during the fourth quarter against the San Jose State Spartans at CEFCU Stadium. Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 15, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; San Diego State Aztecs kicker Matt Araiza (2) punts during the fourth quarter against the San Jose State Spartans at CEFCU Stadium. Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

    By trading out of the end of the third round Friday night, the Patriots picked up this pick from Carolina, as well as a 2023 third. The Patriots have never picked 137th overall under Bill Belichick.

    Given the Patriots’ seeming trend of taking special teams players in the fifth round, and their current lack of fifth-round picks, that’s a position to keep an eye on here. Now that they’ve added a returner in third round pick Marcus Jones, the focus will likely be on kickers, punters, and coverage players. This class has two elite punters expected to go in this range in San Diego State’s Matt Araiza and Penn State’s Jordan Stout. With Jake Bailey in a contract year and due $4 million this season – nearly all unguaranteed – a punter wouldn’t be a total surprise.

  • Round 6, Pick 183

    Purdue linebacker Kieren Douglas (43) is blocked by Illinois offensive lineman Vederian Lowe (79) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette. (Nikos Frazier / Journal & Courier via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

    Purdue linebacker Kieren Douglas (43) is blocked by Illinois offensive lineman Vederian Lowe (79) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette. (Nikos Frazier / Journal & Courier via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

    Skipping ahead to the sixth round for the Patriots’ next pick, they’re back on the board at 183. This is the first of two picks they added in last week’s trade with the Houston Texans. According to the NFL.com rankings, the top players expected to be on the board at this point are Georgia OL Justin Shaffer, Wake Forest OL Zach Tom, Memphis WR Calvin Austin, Notre Dame WR Kevin Austin Jr., UTSA OL Spencer Buford, LSU DT Neil Farrell, Illinois OL Vederian Lowe, and Auburn LB Zakoby McClain.

  • Round 6, Pick 200

    Feb 5, 2022; Mobile, AL, USA;  National Squad cornerback Jaylen Watson of Washington State (0) breaks up a pass intended for American squad wide receiver Jalen Tolbert of South Alabama (8) in the first half at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

    Feb 5, 2022; Mobile, AL, USA; National Squad cornerback Jaylen Watson of Washington State (0) breaks up a pass intended for American squad wide receiver Jalen Tolbert of South Alabama (8) in the first half at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

    This is the Patriots’ original sixth round pick. It’s one of the few Day 3 picks they’ve held throughout this process.

    Our mocks for this selection have included Washington State CB Jaylen Watson and Tennessee OL Cade Mays.

  • Round 6, Pick 210

    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

    It’s another set of back-to-back picks for the Patriots, as they’re back on the clock at 210. This is one of two picks they got from the Los Angeles Rams in the Sony Michel trade (the other is a fourth-round pick that conveys next year).

    Again, the Patriots have had this pick for a while so it’s appeared in a handful of our mocks. The selections have been Kentucky DT Marquan McCall, Alabama DL LaBryan Ray, Colorado LB Nate Landman, and Florida LB Jeremiah Moon.

  • 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

    The Patriots’ draft likely wraps up late in the seventh round. This is the other selection the team received from Houston last week. This late in the draft, the pick is usually used to grab a player that might otherwise get lost in the UDFA pool.

    Although we didn’t include this pick in any of our mock drafts, we projected a number of trades that involved the Patriots picking somewhere in the 240’s. Those picks have included Baylor RB Trestan Ebner and Pittsburg State CB Dallis Flowers.