Bill Belichick says that he treats the draft as three separate occasions. After each day, he and his team will reassess the draft board to see which prospects are still available in order to determine a potential change in draft strategy. What the original plan in the second round might not still make sense after the twists and turns of the first day.
Here's a list of the prospects still available that could change the landscape of the second day of the draft.
QB: Brett Hundley, Bryce Petty; This is a very thin QB class, but look for both of these players to come off in the second round. It's rumored that the Bills really like Petty, while Hundley makes sense in either Arizona or Philadelphia.
RB: Tevin Coleman, Duke Johnson, Ameer Abdullah, Jay Ajayi, David Johnson, T.J. Yeldon, Jeremy Langford, David Cobb, Javorius Allen, Mike Davis; There is a ridiculous amount of talent at this position. The smart move would be to wait until the 4th round (101) to get whichever player is available. Alternatively, a team could get their pick of the litter if every team chooses to wait.
TE: Maxx Williams, Clive Walford; Another weak draft position, look for both of these players to go in the second round, or Walford to go early in the third at the latest.
WR: Dorial Green-Beckham, Jaelen Strong, Devin Smith, Rashad Greene, Sammie Coates, Devin Funchess, Tyler Lockett, Chris Conley, Tre McBride, Justin Hardy; Like running back, this is a really deep class. It's probable that a top prospect like Coates or Lockett will be available at 64 as DGB, Strong, and Smith all received first round grades by scouts.
OT: La'el Collins, Jake Fisher, T.J. Clemmings, Donovan Smith, Daryl Williams, Ty Sambrailo; Collins is a dangerous prospect who could've gone in the top 10, but fell because his former girlfriend was murdered and the police believe he might be able to assist (he is not a suspect). Fisher and Clemmings were both first round names as well.
IOL: A.J. Cann, Ali Marpet, Tre Jackson, Mitch Morse; Cann is a Patriots favorite and it wouldn't be a surprise to see New England move up the board to take him should he fall into the late 40s. If not, there are other viable candidates who would be available at 64, or early in the third.
ED: Randy Gregory, Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Preston Smith, Eli Harold, Danielle Hunter, Mario Edwards Jr., Nate Orchard, Trey Flowers, Lorenzo Maudlin, Ha'ouli Kikaha, Davis Tull; There is a silly amount of talent at pass rusher. I don't believe the Patriots are really in the market. Chalk up all of these players as fodder to push down other top prospects to the Patriots draft picks.
DT: Eddie Goldman, Jordan Phillips, Grady Jarrett, Carl Davis, Michael Bennett, Xavier Cooper, Henry Anderson, Marcus Hardison; It would be surprising if the Patriots selected another defensive tackle. Like the edge rushers, these players (with Goldman, Phillips, Jarrett, and Davis all considered potential first round prospects) will push down other positions.
LB: Eric Kendricks, Benardrick McKinney, Denzel Perryman, Paul Dawson, Kwon Alexander; A really shallow draft, don't be shocked if the Patriots take one of these players at 64.
CB: Ronald Darby, Eric Rowe, P.J. Williams, Jalen Collins, Quinten Rollins, D'Joun Smith, Josh Shaw, Steven Nelson, Doran Grant; This is another deep position, where these prospects can all be considered roughly the same. There's no need to draft early, but it's difficult to project one of these players staying on the board in the 90s.
S: Landon Collins, Jaquiski Tartt; A very shallow safety draft, look for both of these players to go in the second round to a safety needy team.
Looking at the prospects on the board, as well as the Patriots needs, it would seem to be more pressing to take a linebacker or offensive lineman with their second round pick, while wide receiver or cornerback prospects will be more likely to be available in the third round.
Since there are wide receivers, offensive tackles, defensive tackles, edge defenders, and cornerbacks, with first round grades, look for there to be an early scramble to take the top prospects, forcing a quality player like A.J. Cann into the middle of the second.
Belichick said in his press conference that he mostly just observed the draft until pick 20 came on the clock, and then he reassessed the situation. Look for the same to happen in the second round, where Belichick won't spring into action unless they have a top prospect still on the board around the 50th pick.