If you want to have fun with draft grades, check out ours. If you want to see what the OG of draftniks has to say about how teams fared in Philadelphia, check out Mel Kiper Jr.’s.
If you’re a Patriots fan, you’ll like what Kiper has to say. The longtime ESPN draft analyst gives New England an A for its work at the draft despite the Pats only making four selections.
Derek Rivers is a workout freak and ferocious pass-rusher who had 41 career sacks at Youngstown State. He would have been a contributor if he had played at Ohio State. Antonio Garcia required giving up their fourth-round pick in a trade up 11 spots, but he's a natural left tackle who started 42 collegiate games. He was my fifth-ranked tackle. If he's the Patriots' swing tackle backing up both Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon, that's an improvement. Deatrich Wise Jr., a versatile edge defender, continues the Patriots' Arkansas pipeline.
The Patriots traded several picks or surrendered them in restricted free agency as a means of adding the likes of Brandin Cooks, Kony Ealy, Dwayne Allen, Mike Gillislee and James O’Shaughnessy.
By taking only four players, the Pats had their smallest draft class in franchise history.
The Patriots were one of only two teams to get an A from Kiper (the other being the Chargers), with New England getting the best mark in the AFC East. The Bills were right behind them with an A-, even though the team fired general manager Doug Whaley the day after the draft ended. The Jets got a B+ and the Dolphins were given a C+.