The 2022 NFL Draft is across the nook and the New England Patriots nonetheless have a whole lot of holes to fill.
First and foremost, the cornerback place goes to want consideration following the lack of J.C. Jackson. Typically, Bill Belichick doesn’t draft the workforce’s largest wants within the first spherical — however, he did make an exception final yr by deciding on Mac Jones.
New England went out grabbed Terrance Mitchell and Malcolm Butler in free company so as to add some depth. The group now consists of Butler, Mitchell, Jalen Mills, Jonathan Jones, Joejuan Williams and Shaun Wade.
Belichick is aware of he doesn’t have a star cornerback to steer the cost and that might make for an fascinating draft state of affairs. The finest three gamers on the board on the place are Derek Stingley, Sauce Gardener and Trent McDuffie — all of which can doubtless be gone earlier than decide No. 21.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss wrote a column on Sunday and relayed Mel Kiper Jr.’s ideas for the Patriots.
“Kiper wonders if Belichick might consider a trade into the teens if Stingley slips into that range, considering Stingley was tracking as a possible No. 1 player in the draft if not for the 2020 COVID-19 season and then suffering a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot that sidelined him for nine games in 2021,” Reiss wrote.
Stingley’s largest downfall was his lack of availability over the previous two seasons, as he solely performed 10 video games. But, he’s 6-foot-1, 200 kilos and he’s by far probably the greatest athletes in the whole draft. They might additionally look into Gardener or McDuffie is Stingley have been to get drafted early on.
The Patriots could make do at different positions with the expertise they’ve, however cornerback will likely be a principal precedence and a draft day commerce could also be essential.
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