There’s a lot to love about the 2017 New England Patriots draft class, even though they didn’t get in on the action until the 83rd pick. You may have heard where picks #32 and #64 went - the Patriots flipped them both earlier this offseason for Bill Belichick’s longtime crush Brandin Cooks and unwanted Carolina defensive end Kony Ealy, respectively.
And then the Patriots went ahead and gave the pass-rush some more firepower behind Trey Flowers, Kony Ealy, and Rob Ninkovich, not to mention “Surely he may be gone now” Geneo Grissom. Bill seems to have pegged Bret Bielema, Arkansas’ current head coach and the former coach of the Wisconsin Badgers, as his new version of Greg Schiano - a tough coach that doesn’t necessarily run a program as flashy as Alabama or Clemson or Michigan, but produces players with the mental toughness and versatility the Patriots can turn into stars even if they don’t run a 4.2 40.
That’s not why we’re here, though, obviously. Rich and the guys have all cranked out a ton of stories to help you get to know the newest Patriots draft picks and undrafted free agents, and they’re all fantastic.
That being said, we want to improve the middle-of-the-road sack total (16th in the NFL) that the Patriots logged en route to their fifth Super Bowl title last year, correct?
This is about one thing and one thing only: watching Deatrich Wise ruin people’s lives from the defensive end position.
Right after he was drafted, the Razorbacks were nice enough to put together this symphony of destruction for our enjoyment:
(sniffles) It’s so...beautiful!
One man does not a pass rush make, but with the reinforcements of Wise and Youngstown State’s Derek Rivers, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia should have quite the fun arsenal to put on the field in 2017.