With the Start of the NFL draft just days away, it's time for my final thoughts on the Patriots draft. The Patriots signed restricted free agent RB Mike Gillislee to an offer sheet. The Buffalo Bills did NOT match the Patriots offer, so Gillislee is now a Patriot (2 years $6.4 mil.) The Patriots now give the Bills their 5th round draft pick, #163.
So the Patriots enter the Draft with 6 picks. It now seems UNLIKELY, the Patriots trade CB Malcolm Butler (1yr $3.9 mil.) or QB Jimmy Garopplo (last yr. of his rookie contract $890 K)
Coach/GM Bill Belichick most always makes a draft day trade, but with limited draft picks, it will be difficult this year.
My Final Mock;
I'm projecting the Patriots trade LB Elandon Roberts & their 3d pick #96 to the New Orleans Saints for their 2nd pick , #42.
2nd round #42 - CB/S Desmond King , Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz, worked with Bill Belichick in the past, and coached King, as 4 year starter for Iowa. A great prospect with one of the best 3-cone drill times for a CB at the Combine.(6.67)
3d round #72 - DT Dalvin Tomlinson, A solid prospect from Alabama who quietly had an impact on nearly every play.
4th round #132 - OT Will Holden, The Patriots are looking toward the future here, and Holden has great intangibles, to go along with his skill-set. Bill Belichick took time to attend Vanderbilt's Pro-day.
5th round compensatory pick, #183 - S Eddie Jackson, Jackson's broken leg had him missing the latter part of his senior season, at Alabama. Jackson's abilities to play CB or S and return punts are a big plus. Jackson is a great value at this point in the draft.
6th round #200 - LB Eric Wilson, Wilson was an athletic LB at Cincinnati, but smaller by NFL standards (6'1" 225 lbs.) I see Wilson as a special teams starter for the Patriots.
7th round #239 - DE Evan Schwon, Penn State 6' 5" 262 lbs. A very under the radar prospect, who has a chance to make the patriots roster.