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The Patriots’ 2021 draft class yielded some immediate difference-makers, and could end up shaping the direction of the franchise for years to come. Fast forward one year, and you get a group of 10 draft selections who come with far less hype.
One year after selecting potential quarterback of the future Mac Jones in the first round, the Patriot went with a guard out of Chattanooga, Cole Strange. In the second round they did not select a fringe first-rounder like they did last year when they added defensive tackle Christian Barmore; instead, they traded up to draft wide receiver Tyquan Thornton.
The story of the Patriots draft, after it was over, was one of overreaching. Obviously, that is a subjective perspective on how things unfolded, but it cannot be denied that it would be a surprise if three starter-caliber players — like Jones, Barmore and running back Rhamondre Stevenson — will be part of this year’s rookie class.
So, with that in mind let’s ask the question: Which rookie will then have the biggest impact on the 2022 Patriots?
Strange, who will likely be a plug-and-play starter at left guard? Thornton, who offers some game-breaking speed for Mac Jones to work with? Third-rounder Marcus Jones, whose potential is intriguing and who could challenge incumbent slot cornerback Jonathan Jones? Fourth-round pick Jack Jones, who spent time with the starters in mandatory minicamp? Somebody else entirely?
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