It’s finally draft week! To celebrate, I decided to release my fourth and final seven-round New England Patriots mock draft. Is it realistic? I don’t know, but I do know that I would love it, so I’m trying to will it into existence. A ton of talent is brought aboard in this draft, so as. Patriots fan I would be ecstatic with this haul.
With that said, let’s get into it.
TRADE: Patriots trade 1-21, 2-54, 4-127, and a 2023 6th to Baltimore for 1-14, 3-76, and 4-139
The Patriots take advantage of a star player falling down the board, and pounce. With all the talk of people wanting to trade down, I’m starting to think that the Patriots may try to trade up, if the price is right.
Just as a note, this trade was accepted without the 2023 pick by the Pro Football Focus mock draft machine, and I added the extra pick to give up just a little more value.
Round 1, Pick 14: CB Derek Stingley Jr., LSU
Stingley would be nothing less than a home run pick for the Patriots. He’s a dominant press-man corner, who shut down the entire SEC — including his teammates Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson in practice — as a true freshman. Given the weird Covid-19 year, and a few different injuries last year, there are enough question marks that he could end up being the second or even third cornerback off the board.
Make no mistake, though: Bringing a player like Stingley, with his play and connections to the area, would be an amazing first round for the Patriots, and probably one of their more popular selections of the last few years.
This pick has a little extra juice, after all, when you realize that he is Darryl Stingley’s grandson. Stingley was, of course, a former Patriots wide receiver who was paralyzed on a hit by Raiders defensive back Jack Tatum in a preseason game.
LSU CB Derek Stingley Jr. (6006, 195, Jr.) is a highly detailed/savvy corner that has A+ patience, and ball skills at the position. If he can limit the mental lapses and return to his 2019 form, he has a chance to be a high-end prospect at the position. https://t.co/3YF8sUICTy pic.twitter.com/4RH8w7n8lg— Jordan Reid (@Jordan_Reid) May 24, 2021
TRADE: 3-76 to Las Vegas for 3-86, 4-126, and a 2023 5th
The Patriots call up old friend Dave Ziegler to move down 10 spots, and now have back-to-back picks in the third round. They also pick up a fourth-rounder right around the pick they gave up to get Stingley. Grabbing a pick on Day 3 next year helps them out as well.
Round 3, Pick 85: WR Alec Pierce, Cincinnati
It’s not hard to see what people like in Pierce. He’s a 6-foot-3 receiver who runs a 4.41-second 40-yard dash. He didn’t put up the numbers of some of the top receivers in this year’s class, but showed solid route running at the Senior Bowl and has emerged as a player that a lot of teams are high on towards the end of Day 2.
Pierce could come in right away and give the Patriots another big body at the position, but also provide some much-needed speed and developmental upside for them as well.
This video is about the CB shooting his outside hand BUT… Best fit for Green Bay Packers? Cincinnati receiver Alec Pierce. Can play field/boundary. Slot. Legit vertical threat. Good route runner. I like him being able to catch on quick with ARod. pic.twitter.com/ONFwv3sv81— CROCK-MAN⚡️ (@eric_crocker) April 23, 2022
Round 3, Pick 86: G/OT Luke Goedeke, Central Michigan
Goedeke played tackle in college, but projects to be a guard in the NFL. The Patriots are in need of a starter at the position, and they should be able to plug him in and start him Day 1. He excelled as a run blocker, and showed some really good athleticism at right tackle, across from likely first rounder Bernhard Raimann.
Though he seemed to be better at run blocking, he also only allowed seven pressures and zero sacks this year as a pass blocker. Goedeke is a converted tight end (where have I heard that before?) who put on almost 100 pounds at school, but kept a lot of athleticism, which will help him when pulling — something the Patriots ask their guards to do quite a bit.
Luke Goedeke has some of the best hand placement and body control in this class pic.twitter.com/7ZlQZ4UOKA— No Flags Film (@NoFlagsFilm) April 17, 2022
Round 4, Pick 126: EDGE Alex Wright, UAB
Anyone want a massive edge player with long arms that can play the run and the pass? Meet Alex Wright.
Wright is 6-foot-7 and weighs in at 270 pounds. Has experience as a linebacker playing off the line and in coverage, and also at setting the edge and rushing the passer. He’s not the most explosive athlete in the draft, but his size is something that the Patriots can work with, and he would be a nice add in the fourth round. He did not have a lot of sacks, but forced a ton of pressures, which is something that coaches and evaluators will tell you is just as important.
EDGE Alex Wright - UAB— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) December 16, 2021
6’7 270 Massive OLB/DE
1st Step to Threaten Vertical
Tons of pressures, minimal sack production
C-USA DPOY from @PFF_College
NFL Comp: Marcus Davenport pic.twitter.com/jxwE0AnXbC
Round 4, Pick 139: WR Kyle Philips, UCLA
Philips is probably the most prototypical Patriots wide receiver in the draft. He is not super fast, but quick and explosive with the ball in his hands. He also is able to get open quickly from the slot and make plays, which is what the Patriots offense has been built around for the last 20 years.
He also is a little bit of a crazy person who likes to lead block on sweep plays. You need your slot guy to be a little tapped. Philips is the perfect fit for a Patriots team looking for immediate help at wideout, and would pair nicely with Alec Pierce taken the round before him.
After his historic season, every NFL team is going to want their own version of Cooper Kupp.— Eric Galko (@EricGalko) February 14, 2022
If you're lookin for a Kupp-like player in the 2022 #NFLDraft, @UCLAFootball's Kyle Philips (@kylephilips17) is the answer.
Get to know him. Here's some clips from UCLA/@ShrineBowl. pic.twitter.com/KUksbeNbQZ
Round 5, Pick 158: CB Mario Goodrich, Clemson
Goodrich is another long cornerback who excelled in man coverage. He has also shown an ability to play in zone too, which gives him a chance to play right away. Goodrich is also fantastic against the run, and isn’t afraid to come down and make plays.
He furthermore was a captain for Clemson last year, and we know the Patriots put a premium on that. Pairing him with Stingley would instantly make the team’s cornerback position a much better one.
Round 6, Pick 183: LB Damone Clark, LSU
The Patriots need to get more athletic at the linebacker position, and Clark should help them do that. He was the quarterback of the LSU defense, and played quite well in the middle. He also has the size to play in the Patriots system, while also bringing some athleticism with him.
Clark was a second-round talent, but a herniated disk in his back discovered at the Scouting Combine forced him to undergo spinal fusion surgery. He will be out for the 2022 season, but should make a full recovery. The Patriots have shown that they will wait for talent at this position, if it means they can take a high-upside player a lot lower than projected. They did it just last year with Cameron McGrone, and they could do it again with Clark.
I have ZERO doubt based off just watching the tape that Damone Clark is a film junkie— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) February 6, 2022
Constantly pointing out formations, alignments, getting others aligned - and anticipating action! Every down presnap communication and signaling - like every QB of the defense should be doing! pic.twitter.com/9niBttROfR
Round 6, Pick 200: OT Spencer Burford, UTSA
The Patriots go after a developmental offensive tackle here in the sixth round. Burford is a player who really shows some good mobility on tape, and could play inside or out on the offensive line. He comes from a small school and didn’t dominate at the Senior Bowl, but did enough to show that he belonged. That is something that the Patriots value very highly.
Watching UTSA-Illinois from opening week & it’s difficult to miss LT #74 Spencer Burford’s (@SpencerB74) presence, as LB Jake Hansen discovers here from the pulling blocker. The school’s 1st ever 4⭐️ signee, Burford’s an impressive athlete with prototypical #NFL size.#NFLPABowl pic.twitter.com/9sIZGmvRTS— Dane Vandernat (@DVandernat) September 13, 2021
TRADE: Patriots trade 6-210 to Jacksonville for 7-222 and a 2023 7th
The Patriots move down 12 spots on Day 3, to the first pick of the draft’s final round, and pick up an additional seventh-rounder next year.
Round 7, Pick 222: DT Marquan McCall, Kentucky
McCall is a bit limited athletically, but he can be a force at times in the middle of the defense. He takes on double teams, and has some insane highlights on his tape this year. Another Senior Bowl participant, and captain, comes to Foxboro.
Think the #Patriots still have a need for a true NT on the roster. Kentucky’s Marquan “Bully” McCall would be a good fit. Big space eater who’s hard to move in the run game. Has a sneaky explosive first step for 340 lbs. pic.twitter.com/sXqzk82xsN— Brian Hines (@iambrianhines) April 6, 2022
Round 7, Pick 245: S Tycen Anderson, Toledo
Anderson is a bet on great testing numbers translating to solid play on the field. Also, you guessed it, another Senior Bowl participant. Standing at almost 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, and still ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash with a 6.64-second three-cone drill.
Late on Day 3 you go after priority free agents, grabbing guys who have some upside but haven’t been able to put it together. Anderson fits that description perfectly.
So there you have it. My final mock draft before the real event later this week. I like this haul a lot, and, although New England jumps up for a young stud, there is still a ton of Senior Bowl participants and captains in these selections.
There is a lot of excitement going into the draft this year, because, although the Patriots need quite a few things, there is no sure bet what they’re going to do early. Enjoy the weekend, and make sure to keep an eye out for our content. We’ll be live all night Thursday during Round 1 on YouTube and Twitch, and have instant reaction pods — which will also be live on YouTube and Twitch — for every pick the Patriots make this weekend!
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