The New England Patriots used the 15th overall pick in last year’s draft on quarterback Mac Jones and returned to the playoffs after missing out in 2020. New England struggled after its Week 14 bye though, losing four of its final five games, including a Wild Card game to rivals Buffalo.
No team spent more money on free agents last offseason than the Patriots. With their cap space much tighter this time around, New England shifted its focus on re-signing some core veterans like S Devin McCourty, OT Trent Brown, LB Ja'whaun Bentley, RB James White, and special teamer Matthew Slater. Following cornerback J.C. Jackson‘s departure in free agency, the team brought back Super Bowl XLIX hero Malcolm Butler as a stop-gap option. Look for the Patriots to inject some youth into an aging secondary through the draft.
Long-time offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels left to take the head coach position with the Las Vegas Raiders. While Bill Belichick has yet to name a replacement and will likely wait as long as possible to do so, we do know that assistant coaches Matt Patricia and Joe Judge will move on from their defensive and special teams backgrounds and have roles in the running of the offense this season.
The first of New England’s seven picks in this draft comes at 21st overall. Improving the offensive line is a major need for New England entering the 2022 draft following the departure of Ted Karras in free agency and trading Shaq Mason to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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New England Patriots 2022 NFL Draft Picks:
Round 1: No. 29 (from KC via SF via MIA) – Cole Strange, G, Chattanooga
Round 2: No. 50 (from KC via MIA) – Tyquan Thornton, WR, Baylor
Round 3: No. 85 – Marcus Jones, CB, Houston
Round 4: No. 121 (from KC via MIA) – Jack Jones, CB, Arizona State
Round 4: No. 127 – Pierre Strong Jr., RB, South Dakota State
Round 4: No. 137 (from LAR via HOU via CAR) – Bailey Zappe, QB, Western Kentucky
Round 6: No. 183 (from HOU) – Kevin Harris, RB, South Carolina
Round 6: No. 200 – Sam Roberts, DT, Northwest Missouri State
Round 6: No. 210 (from LAR) – Chasen Hines, G, LSU
Round 7: No. 245 (from HOU via DAL) – Andrew Stueber, G, Michigan
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