Patriots pick offensive lineman Cole Strange with 29th selection

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The Patriots traded down from No. 21, a choice the Chiefs used on Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie.

That left the Patriots with the 29th choice, and they used it on UT-Chattanooga offensive lineman Cole Strange. The Patriots also received picks No. 94 and 121 from the Chiefs in the Thursday night trade.

Strange played six college seasons, transferring from Air Force after a redshirt season in 2016. He played 42 games at left guard, one at left tackle and one at center.

Strange turns 24 on July 31.

New England needed a starting guard after trading Shaq Mason to the Bucs.

51 responses to “Patriots pick offensive lineman Cole Strange with 29th selection

  1. Pats can’t make the Bills punt in two games. They trade Mason and draft a guard. I need to go another year without a defensive stop? No wonder Brady left. Shoot me now.

  2. What a COMPLETE waste of a first round pick. This guy would’ve been available in the second or third round. So many other better players that were available.

  3. Did anyone see how the NFL network ghosted the Pats? They had commercial, came back to say the Pats chose a Guard, then immediately went onto the next pick. No summation of the pick. No review of the player. They just ignored it. It was strange.

  4. Kids tough played for 6 online coaches at 3 positions hes about 6ft5 307 with a frame to get bigger long wingspan around 6ft8 he played well at the senior bowl.

  5. Since there were more Pats fans commenting about the Bills pick, I felt obligated to post on this one.

    REACH!

    Probably could have gotten him in the 3rd. Good luck, New England.

  6. There are no words but there are 3 letters… L.O.L

    With this draft the Jets have officially past the Pats for 3rd place in the AFCE.

  7. jrock955 says:
    April 28, 2022 at 11:35 pm
    Why does Belichick still have a job?

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    I can think of 8 reasons…

  8. Bill wanted a starting left guard on a rookie contract. He got one ve values and added the 94th and 121st picks.

  9. No wonder Bill traded down to 29. Would’ve been even MORE embarrassing to take him at 21.

  10. With the talent that was on the board is this the best they could do . It would of been better to forfeit the pick and use the first round money to sign a leftover free agent guard. This guy has 42 college starts over a 6 year college career and is already 24 years old and was listed as a day 3 pick .

  11. Bill had an opportunity to take the 3rd rated corner, a top rated safety and linebacker, all potential needs, but he chose to take Strange. That’s compelling.

  12. I like what Mike Reiss said about this pick, comparing it to the Logan Mankins pick back in 2005. He was also thought to be a 3rd rounder and that turned out pretty well.

  13. 30 year Pats fan here. Nothing against this kid. It’s not his fault. However FIRE BILL BELICHICK NOW

  14. New England is on the verge of relevance once again. All they appear to be missing is a strong G.M.

  15. Talk about a hilarious pick. LOL! Not even a reach, a huge leap. Talk about departing and an idiot move to fill a need. Hahaha… this is precious. A rookie trying to block Settle, Jones,Phillips et al. Lumpy will be on his back more than a payday drunk. This is Belichick last draft. Kraft will relieve him of those duties next season. Two smart by half. No one else even heard of this stiff. Another pats whiff. A Brady only happens once in a lifetime.

  16. bfindeisen says:
    April 28, 2022 at 11:55 pm
    jrock955 says:
    April 28, 2022 at 11:35 pm
    Why does Belichick still have a job?

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    I can think of 8 reasons…

    ———————-

    Are we talking about the 8 straight perfect drives against the Bills with no punts?

  17. 40% of the 2021 OL for New England was lost. Karras (829 snaps) UFA and Shaq Mason (955 snaps) trade made interior OL an URGENT need.. and then Kenyon Green went at 15th and Zion at 17th – BOTH much earlier than expected and this changed the Patriots draft. Frankly, I imagine it was a nightmare scenario.

    “It is what it is,” how many times have we heard that while Coach Belichick is at the podium? They HAD to take an interior offensive lineman and they did.. the best that was still available. Not sexy but a serious need.

  18. Since there were more Pats fans commenting about the Bills pick, I felt obligated to post on this one.

    REACH!

    Probably could have gotten him in the 3rd. Good luck, New England.

    _____

    NFL.com grades him out the same as the guy the Bills took 6 picks earlier, and the Bills traded up for that.

  19. Give them the benefit of the doubt, they probably view the kid as a solid developmental project. Sounds more like a 3rd or 4th round type, but one way or the other we’re on to the 2023 free agent class.

  20. Low ranked. At least Belichek figured it out, but he still “overpaid.”

    Srtong potential to be a bust.

  21. How does this move help make the Bills punt, or even stop the Dolphins from crushing the Patriots twice?!? It’s time for Bill to go & Kraft to sell the team. They don’t even show thier picks on TV anymore, just cut to commercials. I guess this is just stabilization to the norm after all those Lombardi’s.

  22. People who devote their lives to the draft never get it right, how’s a bunch of thumb warriors here have a clue?

  23. Those of you laughing about Belichick’s pick are very ignorant, but it’s still not too late. Study history you may learn something.
    2005, Belichick drafted a Guy, OL, expected by all the “experts” to go 3rd round. NE drafted him 1st round, 32 pick over all. Belichick was almost laughed off the planet. Logan Mankins became a star. In a mock draft remake he was picked 3rd overall in 2005.
    Hate is blind.
    Try to learn from it.

  24. As a Patriots fan this was a reach as he was projected to be 2nd/3rd rounder.

  25. NE trades Shaq Mason for a fifth round pick, thus creating a need, and spend a first round pick on that need. I’m having trouble understanding the overall logic behind the moves.

  26. When the pick came in I had to check I had the right channel on. I thought I was watching Impractical Jokers.

  27. Don’t let this change the fact that Tom Brady is and was always nothing but a nice little system QB with a little arm who was suspended for cheating.

    His accomplishments* are all worthless so talking up that stuff is just white noise.

  28. They don’t even show their picks on TV anymore.

    ++++++++++

    When about Patriots, media only show the moments that make Belichick look good, and ignore any moments that make Belichick look bad.

    Like they don’t show the moment that Seahawks scored a quick TD before half time in SB. That is how they made Belichick the garbage looks like a genius.

    Have any media mentioned that Rams lost Gouley and Kupp in SB against Pats? No, because it would make Belichick’s game plan not that impressive.

  29. Where were all the naysayers when the Colts selected Quenton Nelson with a #6 overall pick or when the Cowboys selected Zack Martin with a #16 overall pick? Games are still won and lost in the trenches folks.

    Also this pick helps the defense by running the football and keeping high powered offenses on the sideline. It also helps Mac Jones take that next by keeping him clean and let him go through his progressions.

  30. This guy may end up being a hall of famer but the point is Belichick could have gotten him in the 3rd round. If he’s gonna be available later then why not take another talent in the first round. That’s where the move makes no sense.

  31. The Patriots don’t need offensive line help a typical reach by Belichick in the first round. Pathetic excuse for a GM despite his coaching.

  32. tb12gronk87 says:
    April 29, 2022 at 11:30 am
    This guy may end up being a hall of famer but the point is Belichick could have gotten him in the 3rd round. If he’s gonna be available later then why not take another talent in the first round. That’s where the move makes no sense.
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    tb12gronk87, hear me out for a second.
    You say, “this guy may end up being a hall of famer but the point is Belichick could have gotten him in the 3rd round.”.
    But the reality is you don’t know that for certain, do you? Because if you do please explain how you know?

    -Say Belichick drafted someone else yesterday, one of the many players people are saying he missed out on and 5 years down the road the player isn’t even in the league any longer whereas Strange was picked in the 2nd or 3rd round by another team and is considered a top star OL man in the league.
    Then word gets out that NE wanted him 1st round in 2022 but passed.
    Who looks like the genius and who looks like the idiot now?
    I would think BB/NE looks like the idiot(s) and the team who took him looks like the brilliant, insightful geniuses.
    And I’m sure some people will say, (perhaps even some of the very people insulting him today), “well if Belichick knew Strange was going to be THAT good he should have taken him earlier!”

    When a man has won SIX SB rings as a HC/GM for building an incredible championship quality organization, more than anyone alive in the whole World!, (Brady won his as an athlete), then hasn’t he proven more times than not he knows exactly the right decision to make? After all, what’s the goal here, to do the popular thing or to win Super bowl Championships?

  33. patsfan1818 says:
    April 29, 2022 at 2:23 pm
    The Patriots don’t need offensive line help

    Yes they do.

  34. 1dayatatime…..all these picks are a gamble, any one of them can be a bust or end up being elite. I have no guarantee thus guy would have been available in the 2nd or 3rd round for the pats to take him then. But there is even a lesser chance one of these other 1st round talents will be there fir the pats to pick in the 2nd or 3rd round. It’s not just about getting a player you want Un the draft but it’s about maximizing your value of where you are picking.

    Everyone needs a kicker so why not just take him in the 1st round? Because it’s not good value.

    Greater chance Strange would have been available around pick 75ish and later than these other talents who are being drafted in the 28-40 range being available later on. Play the odds and belichick played them poorly.

  35. When a man has won six SB rings and …

    ++++

    And he hasn’t done anything that other coaches couldn’t have done or couldn’t have done better with Tom Brady.

    BTW, if a QB can consistently get rid of balls with 2.5 seconds, any O-Line will be able to protect the QB. That is common sense that Belichick believers pretend not knowing.

  36. Why does Belichick still have a job?

    *****

    Well, I don’t know let’s see… Maybe you’re right

    Belichick has 17 AFC East Division Titles (and lost two more on a tie breaker) including five consecutive titles from 2003 to 2007 and eleven consecutive titles from 2009 to 2019. He has also compiled a 30–11 record in the playoffs with New England. He’s made 11 Conference Championship Games, resulting in 9 Super Bowl appearances with a 6–3 record in Super Bowls.

    Yeah maybe he should be replaced.

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