Patriots

/ by Dave Green
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The Patriots haven't really made more draft-day trades than actual selections under Bill Belichick; it just seems that way.

New England's trade with the Chargers, which sent the number 23 pick to Los Angeles for the 37th and 71st pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, was the 28th time New England has traded down during the draft since Belichick took over in 2000. 

Now the Patriots are armed with 13 draft picks over Rounds 2-7, including one second round pick and four third round selections scheduled for Friday night.

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What players could they add? We rounded up the latest predictions from mock drafts across the country.

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

No. 37: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
No. 71: Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU
No. 87: Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah
No. 98: Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA
No. 100: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

Tight end is an obvious need for the Patriots, with just Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse on the roster. In this mock, New England immediately doubles its roster depth with the additions of Kmet and Asiasi, both of whom were featured among Phil Perry's prototypical tight ends.

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com

No. 37: Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin
No. 71: Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
No. 87: Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
No. 98: K'Von Wallace, S, Clemson
No. 100: Jonah Jackson, OL, Ohio State

 

Another mock which has the Patriots adding both a tight end and a quarterback Friday night, here the Patriots add Trautman two picks after Kmet goes off the board. In this mock, the Patriots land Baun, who could play linebacker or on the edge in New England. Phil Perry labeled him one of the smartest defenders in this year's class.

Kevin Hanson, SI.com

No. 37: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
No. 71: Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
No. 87: Terrell Burgess, S, Utah
No. 98: Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
No. 100: Jonah Jackson, OL, Ohio State 

Even with the selection of Burgess, these selections have a decidedly offensive slant, highlighted by Kmet, Jefferson (the son of former Patriots WR Shawn Jefferson), and Hurts, whose athleticism makes him an intriguing option in Foxboro. Phil Perry went into further depth on Hurts in the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast.

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

No. 37: A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
No. 71: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
No. 87: Harrison Bryant, TE, FAU
No. 98: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
No. 100: K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State

Epenesa was often mocked to the Patriots had they remained in the first round, but here they're able to land him in Round 2. Belichick could have extra insight on Epenesa, a product of Kirk Ferentz's program in Iowa. Just like all of these mocks, New England adds a tight end and quarterback on Day 2, only this time it's Bryant and Eason.