Patriots trade up to No. 50, select Tyquan Thornton

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The Patriots have traded up to gain some speed at receiver.

New England acquired the 50th overall pick from Kansas City and selected Baylor receiver Tyquan Thornton.

Thornton was a second-team All-Big 12 honoree in 2021, recording 62 catches for 948 yards with 10 touchdowns. He ran a 4.28 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine and his speed should make a difference for New England’s offense.

While the Patriots do not have a strong track record of drafting receivers, Thornton will be the latest to try and buck that trend.

Thornton was viewed by some as a Day Three pick, but New England clearly valued his services. He’ll join a receiving corps for quarterback Mac Jones that also recently added DeVante Parker via trade.

The Chiefs received selections No. 54 and No. 158 in exchange for No. 50.

31 responses to “Patriots trade up to No. 50, select Tyquan Thornton

  1. I mean….that can’t be! New England fans were saying that this was a “trade down” draft, and that only bad GM’s would trade up this year.

    Go figure.

  2. I mean….that can’t be! New England fans were saying that this was a “trade down” draft, and that only bad GM’s would trade up this year.

    Go figure.
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    Yep. Something about teams being insecure, was it?

  3. billsrthefuture says:
    April 29, 2022 at 8:45 pm
    I mean….that can’t be! New England fans were saying that this was a “trade down” draft, and that only bad GM’s would trade up this year.

    Go figure.

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    Some guys just keep putting their foot in their mouths too many times. It’s becoming quite comical.

  4. “Anyone publicly patting themselves on the back to justify another dumb trade up move in a non-trade up draft, especially for teams that need to get in-house talent due to cap hells raging, are clearly insecure.”
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    This certainly didn’t age well.

    LOL!!!!!

  5. Buffalo fans will never get the Pats out of their heads.. You should worry about KC.. Move up..

  6. Wot does BB care anyways … certainly going to be his last year with the team in fourth in the AFC east half the players revoting to ownership that the guy has lost his mind with the worst draft in team history but alas they could not fire him due to all the coaches left being sordid crap … sad really.

  7. bawlzich says:
    April 29, 2022 at 8:52 pm
    “Anyone publicly patting themselves on the back to justify another dumb trade up move in a non-trade up draft, especially for teams that need to get in-house talent due to cap hells raging, are clearly insecure.”
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    This certainly didn’t age well.

    LOL!!!!!

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    Lmao. Best post of the year.

  8. He has both size and speed to abuse Buffalo secondary. You can smell the fear.

  9. Playing at 181 in the NFL? Somebody needs ankle weights. Put on some pounds.

  10. This is similar to the Cole Strange pick in that once you watch the tape, you see why they liked the player. While Thornton is 6′ 2.5″, he is just 181 pounds, and has 8.25″ hands which are small. He has 4.28/40 yd dash speed, and gets to full speed extremely quick. he is in the 97th percentile on athleticism alone. Watching his tape you se a player that plays fast but patient, knows where to find holes in zones, has moves after the catch, can turn a small gain into a home run, works back shoulder throws well, high points jump balls well, tracks the ball in the air well, catches with his hands, not his chest, and has a willingness to go over the middle. BB will forever be second guessed over the asset management in this draft, but if they turn into meaningful players, all will be forgiven. There is no guarantee these players would not have been selected by other teams. The Broncos and Packers were both interested in him and had him in for one of their top 30 pre-draft visits. You can only meet with 30 players like that it’s not meaningless. KC may have taken him at 50, and did the trade with NE probably thinking they might lose Sky Moore, but maybe had an eye on this guy, and felt okay trading because they too thought nobody would draft him in the second round. I sound like I am making excuses….but he does look pretty good. He’s faster and more fluid than Skyy Moore, and he’s 4.5″ taller, and has a 2+ inch longer reach. He looks like a taller faster version of Malcolm Mitchell…with better moves and game breaking ability.

  11. Mac Jones’ timing balls are going to result in some big plays with Thornton. He’s a taller version of Devonte Smith and jaylen Waddle, and faster then them, and…faster than Tyreek Hill.

  12. One of the main reasons you trade down is to have the ammo to jump a few teams if you want a certain guy.

    That being said, this smells like Bethel Johnson part 2. I’m disappointed so far. I was hoping for Metchie but Caserio jumped them.

  13. Belichick picks guys that make the team better, not isolationists.

    Jones proved at Alabama he can throw the deep ball. Thornton is the 4th fastest 40 WR time in the last 16 years. In addition to any production by Thornton, the team will benefit from making the defense cover more of the field.

    The same posters who said the Patriots needed to get faster on both sides of the ball ignore that both Strange and Thornton are the fastest at their respective positions.

    Step back from pageantry of the draft and look at the players that really impact winning and you will see that many of them were not guys any of these pundits thought would be difference makers.

    The Raiders just failed to pick up the 5th year options on 3 # 1 picks from the same year. They also traded for a former 2nd round pick, Davonte Adams, paying him over $100MM. Tyreek Hill was a 5th rd pick. Cooper Kupp and Travis Kelce were 3rd round picks.

  14. Dude, I used to think you’re one of the more level-headed people on this forum, but lately you come across as just another sore Patriots basher. It’s getting old.

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    billsrthefuture says:
    April 29, 2022 at 8:45 pm
    I mean….that can’t be! New England fans were saying that this was a “trade down” draft, and that only bad GM’s would trade up this year.

    Go figure.

  15. Cole Strange’s Positional Ranking was #3, and both 1 and 2 went off the board early.

    One pick after the Pat’s picked Thornton, there was a run on WR’s including Pickens, Pierce, and Moore.

    Houston is killing the Pats today. They are picking a lot of players the Pat’s might have selected. Pitre, Metchie, Harris…

    Thornton is not just a deep ball guy. He may play slot. He just needs an open spot. Once you get him the ball on the run, he is very good at making things happen.

  16. Strange is the fastest guard in the league? Wow, that’s fantastic. Gotta have fast guards. Bethel Johnson was the fastest player in his draft too. Remember him? Most people don’t.

  17. He’s fast. Too bad he’s anchored with a baby arm QB who will never be a franchise player.

  18. Another bust drafted by belichick.
    Oh you should see the reaction that mcvay and Snead had when belichick picked strange. Hahaha.
    They wanted him in the 3rd round. Belichick is a really below average drafter.

  19. The Pat’s got some good players that fit what they need and improved overall team speed.

  20. Actually, speed, quickness and athleticism are important attributes in a guard, especially when it is matched with size and tenaciousness. It also helps when your major divisional opponent is a team with exceptional speed on defense.

    I expect fans of teams that were embarrassed by the Patriots for two decades to talk trash about Belichick, not Patriots fans. It’s wishful thinking. Bethel Johnson was a failed WR picked for his speed. He was a on-trick pony. The game has evolved and speed is essential on the outside. It will open up the field for Myers, Bourne and Henry which, in turn will open it up for Harris and Stevenson.

    Bill has always favored size but the man has a learning curve. Playing the Chiefs snd Bills has taught Belichick a lesson.

  21. I can see the Pats playing both Tyquan Thornton and Marcus Jones together in certain situations and giving teams fits with their speed.

  22. bobhk says:
    April 29, 2022 at 11:23 pm
    Another bust drafted by belichick.

    Guy hasn’t played a snap in the league but yeah he’s a bust. Got it.

  23. If you read above, you will see what a certain pats fan posted on the bills thread. It then came back to bite him. As it does many times. Even real pats fans thought it was sweet to see.

  24. oiler1980 says:
    April 29, 2022 at 8:53 pm
    Buffalo fans will never get the Pats out of their heads.. You should worry about KC.. Move up..
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    I believe it’s the other way around.

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