Patriots’ big haul of first-year players goes beyond this year’s draft

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The Patriots added far more talent in the NFL draft than defending Super Bowl champions usually do, not just with first-round receiver N'Keal Harry and second-round cornerback Joejuan Williams, but also with three picks in the third round, two in the fourth and two in the fifth. But it doesn’t stop there.

New England will also get back offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn, their first pick in 2018, who missed his entire rookie season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in the preseason. Whether Wynn is capable of winning a starting job this year remains to be seen, but he’s a first-round talent who didn’t play a down for the Patriots last year and is expected to this year.

Also expected to contribute this year after missing all of last year is the Patriots’ second-round pick, cornerback Duke Dawson, who opened last year on injured reserve with a hamstring injury and never played as a rookie. Dawson was healthy enough to play late last season, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he was confident Dawson could contribute, but New England decided to go with more experienced players in the secondary down the stretch.

If Wynn and Dawson perform the way teams expect from first- and second-round picks, on top of the 2019 draft class, the Patriots may have as impressive an influx of young talent as any team in the league. The rich get richer.

21 responses to “Patriots’ big haul of first-year players goes beyond this year’s draft

  1. And 14 draft picks next year – 5 in first 3 rounds – until the salty mountain of hate cry hard enough to get yet more rules changed to stop them.

  2. Just think if Goodell hadn’t stolen those draft picks from the Pats because he didn’t understand seventh grade science , how much better they could have been ! That’s pretty scary .

  3. I watched Braxton Berrios play during his time with the ‘canes with quarterbacks who weren’t the greatest. He is smart, a good route runner and plays with spirit. If he doesn’t get injured, I think his chances are good especially with Tom Brady throwing the ball.

  4. You know what every year I hear how they nailed the draft. Go back and look at the draft. They don’t. Most players they did hit on are gone because they don’t pay then when it comes time to resign them. Their best moves are signing free agent that fit not drafting.

  5. Excited about Bentley if he can stay healthy.

    Prediction: next year NFL changes its policy on compensatory picks.

  6. richc111 says:
    May 6, 2019 at 1:35 pm
    You know what every year I hear how they nailed the draft. Go back and look at the draft. They don’t. Most players they did hit on are gone because they don’t pay then when it comes time to resign them. Their best moves are signing free agent that fit not drafting.

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    It’s called teambuilding. No one does it better. Absolutely no one.

    1. Costs down
    2. Load up on picks/Sign or trade for low hanging fruit elsewhere
    3. Develop

  7. This team is built for another solid 4 more years.I can honestly see Brady playing till 45 especially the running back crew he has.Wonder what people will say when he gets his 7th ring and possibly 8th Superbowl ring.In the AFC who is really a threat Colts Steelers and Chiefs that’s it.

  8. igbensbathroomseed says:
    May 6, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    They should be s good team, they don’t get challenged in their own division and routinely go 6-0
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    Not exactly 6-0, but they would be dominating “your” team’s division just as well.

  9. richc111 says:
    May 6, 2019 at 1:35 pm
    You know what every year I hear how they nailed the draft. Go back and look at the draft. They don’t.
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    Last year in the Super Bowl the Pats had seven starters on offense that they drafted, and seven starters on defense that they drafted. And lots of drafted and UDFA backups.

    I think that is pretty good.

  10. It’s amazing what NE has done in the draft over the years…It seems they’re always picking 30,31, or 32! And as another commenter said, they also had draft picks literally stolen from them.

    IMO, one reason why NE succeeds is because of the UDFA’s they sign…15 years in a row at least one has made the team. That’s incredible!

  11. bigbensbathroomseed says:
    May 6, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    They should be s good team, they don’t get challenged in their own division and routinely go 6-0
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    This is called blind hate right here. Correct if I am wrong but the Pats with Brady as their QB has gone 6-0 in the AFCE twice. 2 times in almost 20 years is “routinely” nowadays….

  12. I always get excited about the challenge of the Bills taking on the Pats. I’m sure most Pats fans don’t even see it as a rivalry anymore – but I still get stoked up every new season.

    This time, it doesn’t feel as irrational. If Brady really can maintain his high level for 2-3 more years, I won’t be shocked – but I don’t expect it. I don’t care how many young players they add. It’s always been about TB.

  13. Most excited to see what Wynn and Bentley can do from last year. Dawson I hope developed/learned too but our back end played really well down the stretch so not sure there’s an immediate place for him except rotationally right now…which is fine.

    As someone else pointed out, it’s been cool to see what the Pats do with UDFAs. What motivation they must have trying out for the Pats, knowing BB doesn’t care if you’re an UDFA or a 1st rd pick.

  14. “In the AFC who is really a threat Colts Steelers and Chiefs that’s it.”

    I wouldn’t count the Colts, they’re nothing but pretenders, and the if Hill is put on the exempt list or suspended for any length of time the Chiefs better pray the receiver they just drafted pans out or they won’t be anywhere close on offense to what they were last year.

  15. You have 100 to spend on food for the week but you buy a 50 dollar steak the first day. BB does not, and by the end of the week you are hungry. BB is not.

  16. richc111 says: May 6, 2019 at 1:35 pm
    “Most players they did hit on are gone because they don’t pay then when it comes time to resign them.”

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    They’re just like everyone else; it’s hit or miss. That’s why they tend trade down to get more picks to increase the odds. And they admit their mistake on a bust pretty quickly and move on. They’re like a machine: rinse and repeat. This lack of sentimentality is really their strength. I’m in awe, actually.

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