The New England Patriots entered Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft with five choices in hand, and all of them were used right were they were originally slotted. The final of those picks, coming at No. 242 in the seventh round, did again did not see a trade. Instead, the Patriots finally selected a wide receiver by adding Tre Nixon out of Central Florida.
An intriguing athlete who missed six games last season due to a shoulder injury. In total, he caught 19 passes for 260 yards and a pair of touchdowns during his redshirt senior season. At the next level, Nixon projects as a Z or slot receiver due to his good quickness — competing for a depth roster spot on the wide receiver depth chart.
Nixon now joins the seven players that New England already selected earlier in the draft. The Patriots picked quarterback Mac Jones (Alabama) in the first round on Thursday, before adding defensive tackle Christian Barmore (Alabama) and edge defender Ronnie Perkins (Oklahoma) in the second and third rounds, respectively, one day later.
Earlier on Saturday, running back Rhamondre Stevenson (Oklahoma), linebacker Cameron McGrone (Michigan), safety Joshuah Bledsoe (Missouri) and offensive tackle William Sherman (Colorado) were selected as well.
After drafting Nixon, New England has no more picks left to spend. Their draft is therefore effectively over now because they are highly unlikely to trade a future draft pick for another selection this year.
How would you grade the Patriots’ decision to draft Tre Nixon at No. 242?
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